April 2000 News

Farooq lauds radical shift in UK Policy

19 April 2000
The Statesman

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Dr. Farooq Abdullah, has described as significant the growing international realisation against global terrorism saying that after America, Britain too has denounced terrorism and asked Islamabad to respevt the Line of Control. Mr. Robin Cook''s statement demonstrates a radicxal shift in UK Policy which is in consonance with what President Bill Clinton advised Pakistan, Dr. Abdullah told reporters at the BSF Headquarters here this evening. He said abetting terrorism will further alienate Pakistan in the comity of nations and hoped that it will heed the Clinton-counselling and refrain from cross-border terrorism. Askeed about sharing of intelligence by India with the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, Dr. Abdullah said :'' This is a step in the right direction in combating terrorism, which has posed a grave threat to the world.'' He referred to the violence in Sinkiang in China and Kazakhstan in Russia and said that the menace of terrorism has to be dealt with unitedly at international level. The Chief Minister said India is looking forward to good neighbourly relations and peace in the region, but pakistan thinks otherwise. Large arsenal dumps in the state are being discovered by the security forces every day, he said while pointing to the ammunition put on display at the BSF Headquarters recovered in Rajouri and Poonch districts recently. Dr. Abdullah called for utmost vigilance and preparedness to tackle any eventuality. The militant strategy is to push in unarmed men across the border , who would be provided arms by the agents here, he said. Deployment of BSF and othjer securioty forces has been increased and they are well poised to take on any challenge, Dr. Abdullah said. The chief minister said co-ordination betweenm the arny, security forces and the police was showing good results. He complemented the state police and said the force too has achieved many successes. When asked about his talks with Mr. Clinton recently in New Delhi, the chief minister said the US President wants peace and friendship between India and Pakistan. He has also expressed his desire to visit Kashmir , Dr. Abdullah said. The Chief Minister congratulated the BSf for recovery of arms and announced a reward of Rs. 2 lakhs for the officers and jawans who took part in the operations. Dr. Abdullah along with the chief secretary Mr. Ashok Jaitly, Principal Secretary, Home, Mr. C. Phunsog and the Director General of police , Mr. Gurbachan Jagat,inspected the arms recovered in Rajouri and Poonch recently. These include one 82mm RR gun, 4 PK guns, 3 pistols, one rocket launcher, 13 rocket RPGs, 82mm HE bombs, 32 Time pencils, 24 MG assault, 40 remote controls , 34 rifle grenades and 11 AK-47s. The BSf Inspector General of Police Mr. U C Chhabra said 10 militants were killed in a week''s time , and 18 hideouts were busted .


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