Pak epicentre of islamic fundamentalism: India
13 May 2002
The Daily Excelsior
New Delhi: Labelling Pakistan as an ''epicentre of Islamic fundamentalism'', India today said the continuing terrorist violence there showed that Islamabad was unwilling to give up its strategy of ''confrontation, violence and deception'' towards this country. Despite the January 12 speech of President Pervez Musharraf pledging to fight terrorism, the Defence Ministry asserted there was no let up in infiltration of militants and arms across the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir. The ministry in its annual report coming in the backdrop of upcoming Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir and the ongoing military standoff on the borders said ''Pakistan has been found to be epicenter of Islamic fundamentalism and her actions had added a new dimension to State-sponsored terrorism''. The report said Pakistan had all along been the primary source of supply of arms and ammunitions to Kashmiri militants and was also ''continuing with its policy of sponsoring terrorism in other parts of India too''. Referring to Islamabad joining the international coalition against terrorism after the September 11 terrorist strikes in United States, the report said in the face of mounting international pressure, Pakistan had put up a facade of cracking down on terrorist organisations located there. After the attacks in America, the report noted that circumstances had radically changed Pakistan, which was aiding and abetting terrorism and in a purported total reversal of its policy, joined the global battle against the menace. ''Knowing Pakistan, their new alignment strategy needs to be watched very carefully as it impinges on our strategic interests'', the report cautions. It said the recent attacks carried out against the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly closely followed by dastardly action on Parliament last year clearly brought home the intent of the Pakistani leadership. Labelling as ''cosmetic'' action taken by Islamabad regime against mercenary outfits like Jaish-i- Mohammad and Lashkar-e-Toiba based in Pakistan, the report said this demonstrates the double standards adopted by the Pak regime. Though noting that Sino-Indian relations were on the path to improvement, the report said despite denials by Beijing, there were continuing reports of transfer of missile parts and components technology to Pakistan in 2001. Referring to unresolved boundary dispute with China, the report said both the sides had agreed to seek a fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable settlement through a peaceful dialogue. The report said after the recent high level exchange of political and military visits, the two sides had agreed to expedite the task and of clarification and confirmation of the Line of Actual Control (LoAC) in all sectors. For the first time, the Defence Ministry dwelt at length on relations with United States asserting that these were on the upswing. It said lifting of unilateral restrictions and resumption of military to military level talks and exchanges had now paved the way for fuller development of economic, military and technology relations between the two countries.