India rejects US assessment of Kashmir as ''most dangerous''
12 October 2001
The Hindustan Times
New Delhi: India Friday rejected United States description of Kashmir as the ''most dangerous place in the world'' and declared that New Delhi was determined to root out cross-border terrorism from Jammu and Kashmir by mounting ''special efforts given the present circumstances.'' ''I disagree with the assessment. We have disagreed with earlier also to this type of thesis being put up by the West. Rather than Kashmir, it was Afghanistan which is a flashpoint'', External Affairs and Defence Minister Jaswant Singh told reporters when asked to comment on the reported statement of U S Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage that Kashmir ''is the most dangerous place in the world''. He was talking to reporters after a two-hour meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security, chaired by Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Singh, however, hastened to add that he had not seen the particular statement of Armitage. ''If it is attributed to Armitage, of course I disagree'', he said. Asked whether the government was contemplating any change of strategy in J and K, he said ''we are determined to root out terrorism from Jammu and Kashmir and given the present circumstances, we will be mounting special efforts in that direction''.