December 2002 News

Pak may push Al-Qaeda into India: Expert

13 December 2002
The Times of India

Jammu: Former Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan and defence analyst G Parthasarthy has warned that the India''s decision to withdraw from the border with Pakistan could be used by Pakistan to push al-Qaeda into Jammu and Kashmir. The deployment of forces on the borders in the aftermath of the Parliament attack and then their withdrawal after six-eight months ''was not a good decision,'' Parthasarthy said at the a special lecture ''Contemporary Developments in Kashmir and in Pakistan'' at the Jammu University on Thursday evening. ''It failed to serve any purpose,'' he pointed out and warned that the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) ''could push al-qaeda terrorists'' in Jammu and Kashmir to escalate violence. The defence expert said a war with Pakistan should be the ''last option'' and prior to that all possibilities should be explored including a dialogue with the neighbouring country to solve all pending disputes including Kashmir. Observing that the main reasons behind Indo-Pak conflict was army rule in Pakistan, he said Islamabad''s approach towards Kashmir was ''inspired'' by their initial experiment in Afghanistan where they installed a puppet Taliban regime. He, however, observed that India has to fight its war against terrorism on its own: ''We shouldn''t always look at foreign support which is not coming,'' he said.


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