November 2002 News

End cross-border infiltration: UK to Pak

7 November 2002
The Hindustan Times
HS Rao

London: Britain has asked Pakistan to ''take firm action'' against terrorists seeking to use that country as a safe haven and put an end to terrorist crossing over to Jammu and Kashmir. ''We have made clear that the international community will expect Pakistan to take firm action against any terrorists seeking to use that country as a safe haven,'' Parliamentary Under Secretary, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Baroness Amos, said in the House of Commons replying to a question on steps taken to close terrorist training camps in Pakistan- Occupied Kashmir. ''We have welcomed the steps that Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has taken so far to clamp down on terrorist and extremist groups in Pakistan. We shall urge him to continue in that vital task,'' she said on Wednesday. Answering a separate question on the killings of 800 people by terrorists'' violence in Jammu and Kashmir since the assembly polls were announced, Mike O''Brien, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, said ''We now need to ensure that there is an end to terrorism and a beginning of a process of greater contact between the two countries. ''In due course, I hope that it will be possible to hold discussions that will lead to a peaceful settlement of the disputes, including those in relation to Kashmir.''


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