Nations supporting terror must pay a heavy price: India

Raising the pitch against countries that harbour terrorists,India on Monday said there should be zero tolerance to the scourge of terrorism and nations,which do not follow it should be made to 'pay a heavy price' by the international community.

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Published:January 19, 2009 4:42 pm

Raising the pitch against countries that harbour terrorists,India on Monday said there should be zero tolerance to the scourge of terrorism and nations,which do not follow it should be made to “pay a heavy price” by the international community.

“Countries that do not follow zero tolerance to terrorism must be made to pay a heavy price by international community,” External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee told a CII-sponsored ‘Partnership Summit 2009’ in New Delhi.

Seeking an international partnership to root out the menace of terrorism,Mukherjee said the global community should ensure that the states,which sponsored terror should be forced to dismantle the terrorist infrastructure.

“Countries that support or tolerate terrorism must have no choice but to dismantle terror infrastructure,” he said.

However,he did not name any country that he may have had in mind while making these strong remarks against terror-sponsoring States.

Stating that Mumbai terror attacks had shocked the world,the Minister told the gathering of international diplomats,foreign dignitary and industry honchos that terrorism was one of the threats that affected all nations.

Mukherjee said India had long faced the scourge of terrorist activities and pointed out that there was a need for developing technologies in the global efforts to counter terrorism.

“However,adequate security to ensure such technologies do not fall in the wrong hands have to be provided,” he said.

PAK ACTION AGAINST TERROR AN EYEWASH: INDIA

Terming Pakistan’s action against terrorism as an “eyewash”,India on Monday said the civilian government there was “not strong enough” to act against terror on its own.

“What they are doing right now is not enough. It looks like an eyewash. I think the civilian power centre in Pakistan is not strong enough to act on its own. We are not confident and happy over the steps taken so far,” Union Minister of State for Defence M M Pallam Raju told reporters during his visit to annual NCC Republic Day parade camp.

Raju did not agree that Pakistan was cracking under international pressure on India’s demand for taking action against the perpetrators of the Mumbai attacks saying,”Unfortunately in Pakistan,there are multiple power centres to crack down and unfortunately the civilian government is not one of the more powerful centres.”

He said the civilian government will have to convince other power centres to act against terrorists there.

“It (civilian government) has to act fast and convince other power structures to act against terror as both countries are suffering because of terrorism,” Raju said.

He said if Pakistan did not do enough,India will have to take actions on its own.

On the action taken till now by the Government,Raju said,”As a responsible nation,we are building enough international pressure to force Pakistan to act otherwise we will have to take measures to defend ourselves.”

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