Terrorism in Kashmir part of global menace: Bardhan
8 November 2001
The Asian Age
New Delhi: The Communist Party of India today said the issue of terrorism in Kashmir was part of global terrorism and the US should not adopt double standards in its fight against the menace. ''The US must realise that terrorism in Kashmir and international terrorism are interconnected issues and cannot be analysed in isolation from each other,'' party general secretary A B Bardhan told reporters here. Bardhan urged Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee to convince the US President George W Bush of this fact at his forthcoming meeting with the latter. Bardhan however, added that the Kashmir problem as a whole was a bilateral issue and his party was opposed to any foreign intervention in it. Criticising the US for its ongoing air strikes in Afghanistan, the CPI leader said it was virtually carrying out a unilateral war against an invisible enemy causing death and destruction to innocent civilians. This, he said, would only strengthen fundamentalist elements in the muslim countries and advised that the international community had better adopt political, legal and diplomatic methods through the United Nations to fight the global scourge. Bardhan also charged the imam of the Jama Masjid and outfits like the Vishwa Hindu Parishad with communalising the issue and warned that it will have dangerous consequences for the country. He urged the centre to deal toughly with forces out to communalise the issue.