Putting on record its expectations from the new US administration,India on Thursday said the tendency to equate perpetrators and victims of terrorist acts should be avoided.
The commitment to fight against terrorism should be total. Sometimes,we find there is a tendency to equate and hyphenate perpetrators of terrorist acts and victims of terrorist acts. This tendency must be avoided. Perpetrators of terrorist acts must be penalised, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee said here after the ceremony marking the formal handover of the Delaram-Zaranj highway project to the Afghan authorities.
The Minister said that he hoped the new US President Barack Obama recognised the fact that Indo-US relations had scaled new heights over the last few years. Relations should be maintained at that level. The commitment to fight against terrorism should be total, Mukherjee said.
In an apparent reference to Pakistan,he pointed out that it was the primary responsibility of the incumbent governments to bring to justice the perpetrators of terror acts operating from their territory.
Later,addressing the Indian Embassy staff in Kabul,Mukherjee said terrorism was the biggest enemy of humanity and it was time for the international community to assert itself if the menace was to be checked.
He said that it was no use hyphenating a country which is a victim of terrorism with a country which harboured terrorists on its soil. I do not believe terrorism has anything to do with any religion. It only believes in senseless killing and senseless violence. So this menace has to be contained, he said while paying tribute to those slain in the Kabul Embassy attack in July last year in which four Indians were killed. This is his first visit to Kabul after the attack.
Referring to attacks on Indians in Afghanistan,he said India had been subjected to senseless violence even though it was not conducting peacekeeping operations and was only helping Afghanistan in reconstruction efforts.