September 2000 News

Pakistan Not Diluting Proxy War, Says Vajpayee

28 September 2000
The Hindu

New Delhi: Accusing Pakistan-backed terrorist organisations of sabotaging peace talks in Jammu and Kashmir, the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee, today said there was no dilution of Islamabad''s proxy war. He also charged Pakistan with stepping up its terror campaign in direct proportion to the mounting desire for peace among the people of Jammu and Kashmir. ''Terrorist violence in Jammu and Kashmir and other parts of India, engineered by protagonists of terror across the border, is an example of the challenges we face,'' Mr. Vajpayee told the 35th annual conference of the State Police chiefs, heads of Central police organisations and Intelligence Chiefs here. ''The ramifications of the threats we face today are much deeper and wider than ever before. Hence, all agencies of the state, all wings of administration, civil and police, have to pool their resources in a combined fight against crime. The Centre and the States have to work in collaboration, in a spirit of cooperation.'' Stressing the seriousness of the internal security scenario, the Prime Minister said: ''Hostile forces emanating from our neighbourhood have stepped up their subversive activities, seeking to undermine our democratic polity, damage our social fabric and disrupt our economic progress.''


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