Thursday, December 10, 2009

Text of Obama's Nobel Peace Prize speech

I receive this honor with deep gratitude and great humility. It is an award that speaks to our highest aspirations — that for all the cruelty and hardship of our world, we are not mere prisoners of fate. Our actions matter, and can bend history in the direction of justice.

A decade into a new century, this old architecture is buckling under the weight of new threats. The world may no longer shudder at the prospect of war between two nuclear superpowers, but proliferation may increase the risk of catastrophe. Terrorism has long been a tactic, but modern technology allows a few small men with outsized rage to murder innocents on a horrific scale.

Yet the world must remember that it was not simply international institutions — not just treaties and declarations — that brought stability to a post-World War II world. Whatever mistakes we have made, the plain fact is this: The United States of America has helped underwrite global security for more than six decades with the blood of our citizens and the strength of our arms. The service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform has promoted peace and prosperity from Germany to Korea, and enabled democracy to take hold in places like the Balkans. We have borne this burden not because we seek to impose our will. We have done so out of enlightened self-interest — because we seek a better future for our children and grandchildren, and we believe that their lives will be better if other people's children and grandchildren can live in freedom and prosperity.

One urgent example is the effort to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons, and to seek a world without them. In the middle of the last century, nations agreed to be bound by a treaty whose bargain is clear: All will have access to peaceful nuclear power; those without nuclear weapons will forsake them; and those with nuclear weapons will work toward disarmament. I am committed to upholding this treaty. It is a centerpiece of my foreign policy. And I am working with President Medvedev to reduce America and Russia's nuclear stockpiles.

So even as we respect the unique culture and traditions of different countries, America will always be a voice for those aspirations that are universal. We will bear witness to the quiet dignity of reformers like Aung Sang Suu Kyi; to the bravery of Zimbabweans who cast their ballots in the face of beatings; to the hundreds of thousands who have marched silently through the streets of Iran. It is telling that the leaders of these governments fear the aspirations of their own people more than the power of any other nation. And it is the responsibility of all free people and free nations to make clear to these movements that hope and history are on their side.

And yet, given the dizzying pace of globalization, and the cultural leveling of modernity, it should come as no surprise that people fear the loss of what they cherish about their particular identities — their race, their tribe and, perhaps most powerfully, their religion. In some places, this fear has led to conflict. At times, it even feels like we are moving backwards. We see it in the Middle East, as the conflict between Arabs and Jews seems to harden. We see it in nations that are torn asunder by tribal lines.
Most dangerously, we see it in the way that religion is used to justify the murder of innocents by those who have distorted and defiled the great religion of Islam, and who attacked my country from Afghanistan. These extremists are not the first to kill in the name of God; the cruelties of the Crusades are amply recorded. But they remind us that no Holy War can ever be a just war. For if you truly believe that you are carrying out divine will, then there is no need for restraint — no need to spare the pregnant mother, or the medic, or even a person of one's own faith. Such a warped view of religion is not just incompatible with the concept of peace, but the purpose of faith — for the one rule that lies at the heart of every major religion is that we do unto others as we would have them do unto us.

So let us reach for the world that ought to be — that spark of the divine that still stirs within each of our souls. Somewhere today, in the here and now, a soldier sees he's outgunned but stands firm to keep the peace. Somewhere today, in this world, a young protestor awaits the brutality of her government, but has the courage to march on. Somewhere today, a mother facing punishing poverty still takes the time to teach her child, who believes that a cruel world still has a place for his dreams.
Let us live by their example. We can acknowledge that oppression will always be with us, and still strive for justice. We can admit the intractability of deprivation, and still strive for dignity. We can understand that there will be war, and still strive for peace. We can do that — for that is the story of human progress; that is the hope of all the world; and at this moment of challenge, that must be our work here on Earth.

Al-Qaida is not the only group with global ambitions that we have to worry about

"The example of David Headley indicates, al-Qaida is not the only group with global ambitions that we have to worry about," said Daniel Benjamin, Coordinator, and Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism, at the State Department.

The State Department official said Sunni radicals continue to succeed is in persuading religious extremists to adopt their cause, even in the United States.
"A bus driver, Najibullah Zazi, was trained in Pakistan and now faces charges in federal court for planning to set off a series of bombs in the United States, he said.
An indictment that was unsealed Monday in Chicago portrays an American citizen-David Headley-playing a pivotal role in last year's attack in Mumbai, which killed more than 170 people and dramatically raised tensions in South Asia," he said.
So even if this radical movement is not mobilising the masses, it is still galvanising enough people to take to violence and poses a continuing, powerful threat, he noted.
The importance of these two cases should not be glossed over-the conspiracies these men were engaged in had roots in the FATA, and eight years after 9/11, should give us all pause. The threat to the US remains substantial and enduring despite the operational constraints on al-Qaeda central," Benjamin said.
He worked on terrorism in the White House when al-Qaeda first surfaced in the late 1990s. "I can tell you now, after having access to the intelligence again, that the threat has become far more complicated due to the proliferation of groups and the cross-pollination of networks.
The global radical milieu has become thicker. There is so much more that we have to keep tabs on than there was in 1999," he said.

Headley planned synchronised attacks on Jewish houses in India

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Obama believes Headley's indictment an 'important day'

"Obviously, I continue to say, and the president does too, that we have taken and will continue to take every step necessary to protect the American people. Today was an important day in doing that," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters at his daily press briefing.
Headley was charged by the FBI and the US department of justice for his involvement in the planning of the Mumbai terrorist attack that killed about 166 people, including half a dozen American nationals.

In documents filed before a Chicago court, federal prosecutors charged that Headley conducted extensive surveillance of targets in Mumbai for more than two years prior to the 26/11 attacks by terrorists trained by militant outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Pakistan is a nuclear state, hence has responsibilities: US

"As a nuclear state, Pakistan has enormous responsibilities within the community of nations that have nuclear weapons," National Security Adviser, General (retd) James Jones said while briefing foreign correspondents here.

Responding to a question, Jones said Pakistan is well aware of it (responsibilities of a nuclear state) and the US has been holding regular consultations on the issue with Islamabad.

"They are well aware of that. And we have regular consultations on those issues. I think the future of the Pakistan-US relationship is bright, and it transcends simply just problems associated with insurgents and nuclear weapons," he said.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Al-Qaeda and other extremists seek nuclear weapons, and we have every reason to believe that they would use them

 As we know, these men belonged to al-Qaeda - a group of extremists who have distorted and defiled Islam, one of the world's great religions, to justify the slaughter of innocents.

Just days after 9/11, Congress authorised the use of force against al-Qaeda and those who harboured them - an authorisation that continues to this day. The vote in the Senate was 98 to 0. The vote in the House was 420 to 1. For the first time in its history, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization invoked Article 5 - the commitment that says an attack on one member nation is an attack on all. And the United Nations Security Council endorsed the use of all necessary steps to respond to the 9/11 attacks. America, our allies and the world were acting as one to destroy al-Qaeda's terrorist network, and to protect our common security.

But while we have achieved hard-earned milestones in Iraq, the situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated. After escaping across the border into Pakistan in 2001 and 2002, al-Qaeda's leadership established a safe haven there. Although a legitimate government was elected by the Afghan people, it has been hampered by corruption, the drug trade, an under-developed economy, and insufficient security forces. Over the last several years, the Taliban has maintained common cause with al-Qaeda, as they both seek an overthrow of the Afghan government. Gradually, the Taliban has begun to take control over swathes of Afghanistan, while engaging in increasingly brazen and devastating acts of terrorism against the Pakistani people.

Most of all, I know that this decision asks even more of you - a military that, along with your families, has already borne the heaviest of all burdens. As president, I have signed a letter of condolence to the family of each American who gives their life in these wars. I have read the letters from the parents and spouses of those who deployed. I have visited our courageous wounded warriors at Walter Reed. I have travelled to Dover to meet the flag-draped caskets of 18 Americans returning home to their final resting place. I see first-hand the terrible wages of war. If I did not think that the security of the United States and the safety of the American people were at stake in Afghanistan, I would gladly order every single one of our troops home tomorrow.

So no - I do not make this decision lightly. I make this decision because I am convinced that our security is at stake in Afghanistan and Pakistan. This is the epicentre of the violent extremism practiced by al Qaeda. It is from here that we were attacked on 9/11, and it is from here that new attacks are being plotted as I speak. This is no idle danger, no hypothetical threat. In the last few months alone, we have apprehended extremists within our borders who were sent here from the border region of Afghanistan and Pakistan to commit new acts of terror. This danger will only grow if the region slides backwards, and al-Qaeda can operate with impunity. We must keep the pressure on al-Qaeda, and to do that, we must increase the stability and capacity of our partners in the region.

Of course, this burden is not ours alone to bear. This is not just America's war. Since 9/11, al Qaeda's safe-havens have been the source of attacks against London and Amman and Bali. The people and governments of both Afghanistan and Pakistan are endangered. And the stakes are even higher within a nuclear-armed Pakistan, because we know that al-Qaeda and other extremists seek nuclear weapons, and we have every reason to believe that they would use them. 

Because this is an international effort, I have asked that our commitment be joined by contributions from our allies. Some have already provided additional troops, and we are confident that there will be further contributions in the days and weeks ahead. Our friends have fought and bled and died alongside us in Afghanistan. Now, we must come together to end this war successfully. For what's at stake is not simply a test of Nato's credibility - what's at stake is the security of our allies, and the common security of the world.

In the past, there have been those in Pakistan who have argued that the struggle against extremism is not their fight, and that Pakistan is better off doing little or seeking accommodation with those who use violence. But in recent years, as innocents have been killed from Karachi to Islamabad, it has become clear that it is the Pakistani people who are the most endangered by extremism. Public opinion has turned. The Pakistani army has waged an offensive in Swat and South Waziristan. And there is no doubt that the United States and Pakistan share a common enemy.

We will strengthen Pakistan's capacity to target those groups that threaten our countries, and have made it clear that we cannot tolerate a safe haven for terrorists whose location is known, and whose intentions are clear. America is also providing substantial resources to support Pakistan's democracy and development. We are the largest international supporter for those Pakistanis displaced by the fighting. And going forward, the Pakistani people must know: America will remain a strong supporter of Pakistan's security and prosperity long after the guns have fallen silent, so that the great potential of its people can be unleashed.

Let me be clear: none of this will be easy. The struggle against violent extremism will not be finished quickly, and it extends well beyond Afghanistan and Pakistan. It will be an enduring test of our free society, and our leadership in the world. And unlike the great power conflicts and clear lines of division that defined the 20th Century, our effort will involve disorderly regions and diffuse enemies.

And we cannot count on military might alone. We have to invest in our homeland security, because we cannot capture or kill every violent extremist abroad. We have to improve and better coordinate our intelligence, so that we stay one step ahead of shadowy networks.

We will have to take away the tools of mass destruction. That is why I have made it a central pillar of my foreign policy to secure loose nuclear materials from terrorists; to stop the spread of nuclear weapons; and to pursue the goal of a world without them. Because every nation must understand that true security will never come from an endless race for ever-more destructive weapons - true security will come for those who reject them.

Finally, we must draw on the strength of our values - for the challenges that we face may have changed, but the things that we believe in must not. That is why we must promote our values by living them at home - which is why I have prohibited torture and will close the prison at Guantanamo Bay. And we must make it clear to every man, woman and child around the world who lives under the dark cloud of tyranny that America will speak out on behalf of their human rights, and tend to the light of freedom, and justice, and opportunity, and respect for the dignity of all peoples. That is who we are. That is the moral source of America's authority.

America, we are passing through a time of great trial. And the message that we send in the midst of these storms must be clear: that our cause is just, our resolve unwavering. We will go forward with the confidence that right makes might, and with the commitment to forge an America that is safer, a world that is more secure, and a future that represents not the deepest of fears but the highest of hopes. Thank you, God bless you, God bless our troops, and may God bless the United States of America. 

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

A two-page handwritten letter from Obama to his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari

Jones is learnt to have told the Pakistani leadership that 'if Pakistan cannot deliver, the US may be impelled to use any means at its disposal to rout insurgents based along Pakistan's western and southern borders with Afghanistan'.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

No one can have two viewpoints about terrorism. There is no religion of terrorism.______Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan

"There is no religion of terrorism," said Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan in New Delhi Sunday evening at a public event a year after the Mumbai terror attacks.

"Indian civilisation does not distinguish in terms of religion. We are an impossible achievement in the world and I'm very proud to be an Indian," he added, speaking at public event held at the sprawling lawns of the India Gate to show the nation's solidarity against terrorism.

"No one can have two viewpoints about terrorism. There is no religion of terrorism. I am often asked my viewpoint on this, maybe because I am a Muslim and I am very proud to be a Muslim," said Shah Rukh.

"But I have read the Quran, listened to the Gita, acted in Ram Leela... and learnt Christianity besides being a Muslim... My friends and I have worked on a film on Buddha (Asoka) and my wife is a Punjabi," the super star stressed.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

US, India to seal anti-terror pact

US and India will sign a pact on intelligence sharing and counter-terrorism during the Prime Minister's visit, one of nearly a dozen agreements to be inked during the visit. Details of the pact are not being disclosed yet, but such was the importance of the agreement that CIA Director Leon Panetta flew down to New Delhi last week to discuss details with his Indian counterparts before the fine print could be drawn up. The agreement could involve exchanging and stationing more intelligence personnel in the two countries, including mobile units, to facilitate better interaction.

Kashmir borders can't be redrawn, says PM Manmohan

"I have publicly stated that there can be no redrawing of borders (in Jammu and Kashmir)," the Prime Minister said.

"...but our two countries can work together to ensure that these are borders of peace, that people-to-people contacts grow in a manner in which people do not even worry whether they are located on this side of the border or that side," he told CNN in an interview aired yesterday.
"If trade is free, if people-to-people contacts (are there) and our both countries competing with each other to enable people on both sides to lead the life of dignity and self respect. Those are issues, which we can discuss, we can reach agreement," he said.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The more freely information flows, the stronger a society becomes

He told the world's largest online population that the free flow of information online could be a source of strength.

"The more freely information flows, the stronger a society becomes," he said. "Citizens can hold their own governments accountable, they can begin to think for themselves. That generates new ideas and encourages creativity."

Friday, November 6, 2009

India and the EU stand together in combating terrorism which is a serious threat to international peace and security

"We reviewed the situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan and emphasised the need for concerted international action to combat terrorism," Manmohan Singh said.

"What happens in Afghanistan and Pakistan affects us intimately more than any other country in the world. We have vital stakes in the peace, progress and stability of not only Afghanistan but also Pakistan," the prime minister said.

"We hope the international community will stay the course in meeting these problems. It requires collective efforts on part of the international community."

Expanding counter-terror cooperation figured prominently in discussions between Manmohan Singh and the EU leaders at the daylong summit here.

"We have agreed to work towards an early finalisation of the agreement between Europol (the nodal criminal intelligence unit of the EU) and India," he said.

"India and the EU stand together in combating terrorism which is a serious threat to international peace and security," said Reinfeldt.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

U.S. set to pay Taliban members to switch sides

"Afghan leaders and our military say that local Taliban fighters are motivated largely by the need for a job or loyalty to the local leader who pays them and not by ideology or religious zeal," Levin said in a Senate floor speech on September 11. "They believe an effort to attract these fighters to the government's side could succeed, if they are offered security for themselves and their families, and if there is no penalty for previous activity against us."

Monday, October 19, 2009

'Pak using jihadi elements to destabilise India'

"It (Pakistan) has been one of actually using jihadi militants as an instrument of destabilisation in both Afghanistan and India. And we think that's wrong," _____Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Pakistan is responsible for terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir

Blaming Pakistan for continuing its support to militancy in Jammu and Kashmir, Mr. Chidambaram said: “They [Pakistan] are training and brainwashing the youth to create mayhem in India, and there is no let-up in their support to militancy.” However, thanks to the tremendous work done by security forces, there was a marked change in the security scenario, he said. The number of violent incidents in the first nine months this year stood at 395, the lowest during the period in the past 8-9 years, he said.
He attributed the violence in the State to infiltration from across the international border and the Line of Control. Better systems to check infiltration had been put in place, and consequently there was a dip in the violence.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize

US President Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for his calls to reduce the world's stockpile of nuclear weapons and working for world peace.

The first African-American to hold the country's highest office, Obama has called for disarmament and worked to restart the stalled Middle East peace process since taking office in January.

Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize less than a year after he took office with the jury hailing his "extraordinary" diplomatic efforts on the international stage.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee hailed the US president for ``his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.''

The prize worth 10 million Swedish crowns ($1.4 million) will be handed over in Oslo on December 10.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

US will target al-Qaida wherever it takes roots: Obama

"It should now be clear. The United States and our partners have sent an unmistakable message: We will target al-Qaida wherever they take root; we will not yield in our pursuit and we are developing the capacity and the cooperation to deny a safe haven to any one who threaten America and its allies," Obama said in his remarks at the National Counter terrorism Centre in McLean, Virginia.

Obama observed that it is not enough to destroy the network of al-Qaida but the militant outfit should be wiped out completely to build a safe future.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Pak would change its attitude if US leaves Afghanistan: McCain

I guarantee you, if we send the signal to Pakistan that we're leaving, I can only imagine the adjustments that will be made in Pakistan -- Pakistani government's behaviour, including the ISI if they think we're leaving.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Nuclear terrorism a challenge, non-proliferation regime hasn't succeeded: Manmohan

"We are committed to a voluntary, unilateral moratorium on nuclear testing. As a nuclear weapon state and a responsible member of the international community, we will participate constructively in the negotiation of a Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty (FMCT) in the Conference on Disarmament," he said. 

"Global non-proliferation, to be successful, should be universal, comprehensive and non-discriminatory and linked to complete nuclear disarmament," the Prime Minister said, pointing out that there was growing international acceptance for this viewpoint. 

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Iran would be making a "tragic mistake" if it thought the world would not respond to its nuclear programme.

Iran would be making a "tragic mistake" if it thought the world would not respond to its nuclear programme.

The goal is to destroy ai-Qaeda from everywhere

Obama said his overriding goal is to dismantle the al-Qaeda network, to destroy their capacity to inflict harm not just on the US, but people of all faiths and all nationalities all around the world.

"Stability in Afghanistan and in Pakistan are critical to that mission," the President told mediapersons at the end of the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh.

He said after several years of drift in Afghanistan, "we now find ourselves in a situation in which you have strong commitments from the ISAF coalition, our NATO allies, all of them are committed to making this work".

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Open the site to international inspectors, or face consequences

"My offer of a serious, meaningful dialogue to resolve this issue remains open," Obama said.
"But Iran must now cooperate fully with the International Atomic Energy Agency, and take action to demonstrate its peaceful intentions."

Obama accuses Iran of building secret nuclear plant

"It is time for Iran to act immediately to restore the confidence of the international community by fulfilling its international obligations," Obama said, adding that Tehran had been building the plant in secret for years.

Obama accused Iran of "breaking rules that all nations must follow" and called for international inspectors "to immediately investigate this disturbing information."

Sarkozy said Iran was taking the international community down a "dangerous" path and threatened new sanctions if Iranian leaders did not change course by December.

Brown said Iran's defiance should harden the resolve of the international community, which must now "draw a line in the sand" against Tehran.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Now we want to know who are the brains, who were the handlers...

"Now we want to know who are the brains, who were the handlers...And why they are not being punished...So let Pakistan demonstrate its determination to punish them," he said.

Swift and lengthy punishment for six suspects of Mumbai attacks in Pakistan is important for the US and India

"Swift and lengthy punishment for six suspects of Mumbai attacks in Pakistan is important for the US and India," US Ambassador Timothy J Roemer told reporters after meeting home minister P Chidambaram.

The Ambassador said it was important for the US and India that action is taken against the LeT founder and terror infrastructure in Pakistan is dismantled. 

""Going after Hafiz Saeed and dismantling terror infrastructure in that region is extremely important for both US and India," he said. 

"It is extremely important that these six people be brought to justice and put behind bars and receive sentences commensurate with their crimes against India, US and the world," he had said. 

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Festival season and Terrorism

Referring to the November 2008 attacks in Mumbai, in which few US nationals were also killed, the statement said it provided a vivid reminder that hotels and other public places are especially attractive targets for terrorist groups.

US asks Pak to take action against perpetrators of 26/11

'I am impressed with what US has done post 9/11' : Chidambaram

I was quite impressed with what they have done (after 9/11). Some of the practices can be applied to India's mega-cities like Delhi, Mumbai, etc.,

Chidambaram said he has learnt valuable security tips from the New York Police Department (NYPD) and will implement them in securing India's mega-cities against terrorist attacks.

IED blast in Srinagar: 3 cops among 4 killed, 14 injured

Security threats from Pakistan have not lessened: Chidambaram

Wrapping up his four-day U.S. visit, Mr. Chidambaram told reporters here that he was going back to India with a “lot of ideas.” One of these was establishing something on the lines of the National Counter-Terrorism Centre of the U.S.

He said he had briefed the U.S. officials about Pakistan not prosecuting perpetrators of the Mumbai terror attacks, including the mastermind Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba, who was roaming free in that country despite evidence provided by India.

“I did brief them on the state of the trial of Ajmal Kasab [the lone surviving Mumbai attack terrorist] in India and I also did mention about no progress in Pakistan in respect of the five or six people they have arrested. And Hafeez Sayeed [LeT founder] remains a free man. I think that is enough. They know to draw the lessons from that statement,” he said.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

What else can be concrete proof!

Asked why India was not satisfied, Home minister of India P Chidambaram replied "Because they are not arresting the perpetrators of the Mumbai attacks. They are still on Pakistan soil. We know their names...we have shared their names with them. They are not investigating the case. The trial hasn't opened yet. It will be a year on the 26th of November.
"India should not doubt our sincerity in handling this case. Instead of levelling allegations, they should provide us with concrete proof so that we could take this case forward in a meaningful way," foreign office spokesman Abdul Basit said.
"The evidence that we have presented tells any investigator, any prosecutor what Hafiz Saeed did, where he was, whom he met, what he told them, what his role was. If that is not evidence to continue investigation against Hafeez Sayeed what else is evidence," said Chidambaram while pointing out that he himself was a "trained lawyer" who should know such aspects.
So Mr. Basit it's not for the judiciary to arrest the perpetrators, it's for the investigating agency to do that. You know there is prima facie evidence against them! So why delay! What else can be concrete proof! Does your government need video recording of everything! Well even if that can be provided you people are going to say it's not concrete evidence.

Don't doubt our sincerity in 26/11 probe, give proof: Pak

ISLAMABAD: With India accusing it of "deliberately stifling" the probe into Mumbai attacks, Pakistan on Monday said New Delhi should assist it in investigation by giving "concrete proof" instead of making allegations about its sincerity.

"India should not doubt our sincerity in handling this case. Instead of levelling allegations, they should provide us with concrete proof so that we could take this case forward in a meaningful way," foreign office spokesman Abdul Basit said.

Basit said Pakistan's judiciary would decide on the dossiers provided by India with information regarding the Mumbai attacks. "We want to make it clear to India that this is a purely judicial matter and the governments of Pakistan and India cannot do anything about this," he told BBC.

"Only the courts can take a decision on the dossiers," he said, adding that court proceedings had begun against five suspects arrested by Pakistani authorities in connection with the attacks. "The matter is now in the court and it is incorrect to comment on this," Basit said.

Asked about Indian home minister P Chidambaram's remarks about Pakistan's "unwillingness" to prosecute Laskhar-e-Toiba founder Hafiz Saeed, Basit said such comments went against the spirit of the joint statement issued by the Pakistani and Indian premiers after their meeting Sharm el-Sheikh in July.

India put its composite dialogue with Pakistan on hold in the wake of Mumbai attacks, blamed on LeT.

Chidambaram had on Saturday accused Pakistan of "deliberately stifling" the 26/11 probe.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Action against the perpetrators of 26/11 strikes was a condition for resumption of dialogue

We are thoroughly, totally dissatisfied with the Pakistani response.

Asked why India was not satisfied, he replied "Because they are not arresting the perpetrators of the Mumbai attacks. They are still on Pakistan soil. We know their names...we have shared their names with them. They are not investigating the case. The trial hasn't opened yet. It will be a year on the 26th of November."

Where is the trial? Where is the chargesheet? When is a trial starting? When is the first witness being examined?

"The evidence that we have presented tells any investigator, any prosecutor what Hafiz Saeed did, where he was, whom he met, what he told them, what his role was. If that is not evidence to continue investigation against Hafeez Sayeed what else is evidence," said Chidambaram while pointing out that he himself was a "trained lawyer" who should know such aspects.

Asked what the evidence against Saeed was, he read out from some document: "December 2007- January 2008 he was in a place where (lone arrested terrorist Ajmal) Kasab and others were trained.

"He spoke to the trainees on many occasions. There was another training camp at a place called Chekhalabandi Mountain of Muzaffarabad.

"Hafiz Saeed was in the camp and met the trainees. He was accompanied by a person known as 'Major General Saab. Hafiz Saeed finally selected the trainees and gave them new names. Kasab was given a new name 'Abu Mujahib'. That name was given by Hafiz Saeed."

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Terrorist acts were aimed at destabilising nations and citizens.

“It is a scenario of worrying future because terrorism attacks democratic institutions, human rights and innocent people. Vigilance by jurists and dynamism by lawmakers should be wedded in the process of law-making to deal with the menace.”

“Unless the criminal justice system is totally overhauled, which we would like to do in the future, it is necessary to build not only capacity of law enforcers, but also the judiciary. There has to be an all-out war on the root, trunk and branches of terrorism.”

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The Minister said terrorism posed a new challenge to law enforcers and lawmakers alike, and new approaches, techniques, weapons, expertise and laws were required to fight it. “The lawmakers and enforcers need to change their mindset and will have to attune themselves to these new challenges posed by terror.”

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Pakistani groups planning fresh attacks: Manmohan

The area of operation of these terrorists today extends far beyond the confines of Jammu and Kashmir and covers all parts of our country.

Dr. Singh told the Chief Ministers that in dealing with the terrorist challenge, “we need to be prepared for encountering more sophisticated technologies and enhanced capabilities.” He emphasised the need for guarding the sea frontier as vigilantly as the land border.

The infiltrators appeared “more battle-hardened, better equipped, and in possession of sophisticated communications.

Dwelling on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, the Prime Minister said there were signs of a revival of over-ground militant activities. Referring to incidents in Shopian, Sopore and Baramulla, he said such isolated incidents were sought to be linked to create an impression of a groundswell of anti-national feeling. “All this shows that efforts to disturb the current status quo have not been given up. Fortunately, the annual Amarnath Yatra passed off without incident.”

Expressing concern over the growing intensity of Left wing extremism, he admitted that the problem was indeed a complex one. “There is a need for a balanced and nuanced strategy to deal with it. On the one hand, the State should discharge its responsibilities and obligations and re-establish the rule of law in areas dominated by the naxalites. At the same time, we should work towards removing the causes which lead to alienation of people and problems like naxalism.”

Sunday, August 16, 2009

200th British soldier dies in Afghanistan

But he said British troops were on a vital mission to stop the al-Qaida terror network using Afghanistan as a base for attacks on Britain and elsewhere, and stressed there would be no retreat.

"But my commitment is clear: we must and will make Britain safer by making Afghanistan more stable. We will honour and support those who have been killed or wounded in the field of battle," he said.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Defeat the forces preaching extremism and violence in the name of religion

Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari on Thursday called on the people to defeat the forces preaching extremism and violence in the name of religion, saying this trend poses the greatest threat to the security and stability of the country.

"The mindset that increasingly preaches extremism, violence and militancy in the name of religion, and which has been on the rise in the country, is a direct negation of the values for which this country was created," Mr. Zardari said in his message on the eve of Pakistan's Independence Day.

"It is a mindset that poses the greatest threat to the security and stability of the country that was founded on this day... Let us therefore resolve to defeat this pernicious mindset that has promoted suicide bombings, beheading innocent people, torturing women and forcibly closing academies of learning," he said.

Mr. Zardari cited the recent burning of houses and acts of vandalism against the minority Christian community at Gojra in Punjab province as "a manifestation of this mindset". Eight Christians were killed in the recent sectarian violence, sparking protests across the country.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

A terrorist is a terrorist is a terrorist: Israeli ambassador

“A terrorist is a terrorist is a terrorist. We do not accept the old idea that a terrorist for some may be a freedom fighter for others, any more,” he said, advocating a strong line against terrorists.

All people held in Pakistan in connection with the Mumbai attacks should be brought to justice

The US stands firmly with India against terrorism.

India, Pak need to move beyond stereotype rivalry: US

"We have a very strong and growing partnership with India. We have a partnership with Pakistan that we're trying to improve on. We need to get away from these views of if we are a supporter or we have a good relationship with India, that impacts the relationship with Pakistan," State Department Deputy spokesman Robert Wood said at his daily press briefing.

"We are doing what we can to try to support them as they confront these challenges, not only from terrorism but from poverty, illiteracy, drought, disease," he said.

Imitation everywhere is unwarranted

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Mehsud, suspect of planning the assassination of Benazir Bhutto is dead

"This is an individual whose title as a murderous thug was well-deserved. He is somebody who helped plan and execute the deaths of scores of individuals, innocent civilians ... through anything ranging from deadly suicide attacks to planning the assassination of (former premier)Benazir Bhutto," Wood said.

"So his demise is a good thing for the Pakistani people, he said suggesting it "demonstrates the amount of cooperation that you're seeing between our government and the government of Pakistan in stamping out the Taliban, al- Qaida, and other terrorist organizations that would seek to destabilise the area."

At the State Department Spokesman Robert Wood too would not confirm Mehsud's death but said "Mehsud has been responsible for a number of atrocious terrorist attacks against people from around the world. And we will continue to work with other countries around the world to fight the scourge of terrorism."

Wood would not speculate about what it may or may not mean. "But again, this is a long-term struggle that we are in against violent extremism, and we're going to continue to try to confront that challenge as best we can with our partners around the world."

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Those responsible for former premier Benazir Bhutto's assassination would be brought to justice

The terrorists are responsible for Pakistan's current economic problems and law and order situation, Mr. Malik said.

He also pledged that those responsible for former premier Benazir Bhutto's assassination would be brought to justice.

We cannot solve our problems until we solve them together

Diplomacy has always been critically important to all nations, Obama said . But in many ways, it grows more important with each passing year because the interconnectedness of this world means that in the 21st century, “We cannot solve our problems until we solve them together.”

Noting that for centuries diplomats have come together to discuss war and peace, commerce and exchange, Obama said that now it is hard to think of an issue that matters to people that does not depend in some way upon cooperation among nations — health and education, energy and the environment, the arts and athletics.

That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age. Homes have been lost; jobs shed; businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly; our schools fail too many; and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet.

It is important to do what has to be done in order to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon

The Obama Administration believes that it is important to do what has to be done in order to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, he said. Among them are, he said: "A host of things, including I think beginning by engaging directly with them, so that they can live up to their own responsibilities in not pursuing that technology."

Friday, July 31, 2009

Self-help is the best help

This is the first time that Pakistan has ever formally briefed us on the results of an investigation into a terrorist attack in India. It has never happened before and I repeat this is the first time. It is also the first time that they have admitted that their nationals and a terrorist organisation based in Pakistan carried out a ghastly terrorist act in India.

The reality is that this is far more than the NDA Government was ever able to extract from Pakistan during its entire tenure despite all their tall talk. They were never able to get Pakistan to admit what they have admitted now. So the UPA government needs no lessons from the opposition on how to conduct foreign affairs or secure our nation against terrorist threats.

I say with strength and conviction that dialogue and engagement is the best way forward.

I told them that the operations of all terrorist groups that threaten India must end permanently. I urged them to make no distinctions between different terrorist organizations. I said that it was not enough to say that Pakistan is itself a victim of terrorism. They must show the same political will and take the same strong and sustained action against terrorist groups operating on their eastern border as they now seem to be taking against groups on their western border.

I told them that another attack of this kind will put an intolerable strain on our relationship and that they must take all possible measures to prevent a recurrence.

I believe that it is as much in Pakistan’s vital interest as it is in ours to make peace. Pakistan must defeat terrorism, before being consumed by it. I believe the current leadership there understands the need for action.

We know this, but in the past there have been hurdles in a consistent pursuit of this path. As a result, the enemies of peace have flourished. They want to make our alienation permanent, the distance between our two countries an unbridgeable divide. In the interests of our people, and in the interest of peace and prosperity of South Asia, we must not let this happen.

US bails out India from Balochistan wrangle

In fact, Holbrooke's briefing following his latest visit to the region was notable for its dire tone with regard to Pakistan, a country which he characterized as "facing a staggering number of front-page story problems at one time." Describing Washington's efforts to stamp out terrorists in Pakistan frontier province, Holbrooke said it "hard to imagine a more dangerous area on the face of the earth today than an area which contains al-Qaida, Pakistani Taliban, Afghan Taliban, two and a half million refugees. It's just extraordinary how difficult it is."

The US envoy also trashed speculation about a rift with India that led to the reported cancellation of his visit to New Delhi with an extraordinary revelation. "You know, if there's a rift between me and India, it would be the first rift between me and India since I was seven years old. You know, India was the first country in the world I was ever aware of. I have a very special feeling for it," Holbrooke said.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Iran intimidates western powers

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday Iran's intentions were unclear following its election and that President Barack Obama's offer of talks with Tehran was not open-ended.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

US plans to halt Iran by ‘defence umbrella’

The US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, warned Tehran on Wednesday that Washington may extend a “defence umbrella” over the Middle East to negate any advantage Iran might seek in developing nuclear weapons. Previously, senior US government officials maintained Iran ultimately would be prevented from building a bomb. Tehran insists its nuclear programme solely for the peaceful generation of electricity.

“We want Iran to calculate what I think is a fair assessment: that if the United States extends a defence umbrella over the region, if we do even more to support the military capacity of those in the Gulf, it’s unlikely Iran will be any stronger or safer, because they won’t be able to intimidate and dominate, as they apparently believe they can, once they have a nuclear weapon.”

“Gulf leaders are very worried about Iran’s nuclear programme –it’s their top priority at the moment, even more than the Israeli-Palestinian question. Of course, these countries will also end up financing any defence umbrella.”

ISI fomenting 'chaotic activity' in Kashmir: US

Elaborating, he said the ISI has been supporting militant groups in Kashmir and the Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA) bordering Afghanistan.

"There are discussions which have been ongoing in respect to that and the leadership recognises that and there is a big challenge dealing with that based on what their history is and what they need to do for the future," he said.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Pak should use same force against anti-India groups as Taliban

Let the process and that's the right process, continue

"If Pakistan is sincere about fighting terror, they must expedite the trial. So far, they have not even commenced the trial, so how can we say they are serious about prosecuting those responsible for 26/11," he told CNN-IBN.

"Remaining on death row is not a happy situation. A prisoner on death row suffers more then a person who will hang tomorrow."

"We have a slow and deliberative process to come to a conclusion and nothing needs to be done about it. Let the process and that's the right process, continue," he said.

Pak kills 106 Taliban in fresh operation

Thursday, July 23, 2009

How can an insurgent group offer ceasefire to a sovereign nation

"Let there be no illusion. The terror threat to the country has not diminished. During the last six months, a significant number of potential terrorists including Madani have been arrested.

He said terror was a global phenomenon but that did not give any solace to India because "one of the epicentres of terror is the country on our border".

"As long as they indulge in murder, threat, extortion, there's no question of talking to them. How can an insurgent group offer ceasefire to a sovereign nation," he said ridiculing reports that government would accept ceasefire offer by DHD-J alias "Black Widow" militant group in Assam.

The Home Minister said the government has two-pronged approach to deal with the Left Wing extremism -- clear and hold the territory held by Naxals and then carry out development. "We will face the challenge squarely," he said.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

We have to look for ways to support those who oppose terror

New Delhi (PTI): US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday said there has been "real will" on the part of Pakistan to tackle terrorism and that her country will enlist the help of India in fighting the menace.

"I have seen a real will on the part of Pakistan government to tackle terrorism...It is their government which is being attacked and people who are being mistreated," said Ms. Clinton while addressing students of Delhi University here.

She also said, "We have to look for ways to support those who oppose terror".

Emphasising that combating terrorism is the "number one" challenge, Ms. Clinton said the US will enlist the help of everyone including India.

Acknowledging India's growing stature, she said the world is now wanting to know where it is headed to.

"Military strength does not define greatness of nation... Soft powers are more appealing," she said.

Ms. Clinton also noted that the relationship between India and the US was growing day by day and wanted to use diplomatic tools to seek common ground.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Dismantle terror outfits, Hillary tells Pakistan

However, she said was satisfied with Pakistan’s efforts towards cracking down on the perpetrators of the Mumbai terror attacks. “The days to come hold the promise of greater commitment and concerted efforts from that country …Much greater effort and commitment to combat terrorism has been seen at the government level,” and more so from civil society, she said.

Referring to Friday’s bombing in Jakarta, Ms. Clinton said such acts of “violent extremism” were “ruthless, nihilistic and must be stopped.” Vigorous efforts were needed to create more space for “progress, peace and prosperity” and less for “intolerance, violence and pain.”

Thursday, July 16, 2009

The goal of the United States is to disrupt, dismantle, and ultimately defeat Al Qaeda

"Our national security as well as the future of Afghanistan depends on a stable, democratic, and economically viable Pakistan. We applaud the new Pakistani determination to deal with the militants to threaten their democracy and our shared security," Ms. Clinton said on Wednesday.

In Afghanistan and Pakistan, Ms. Clinton said, the goal of the United States is to disrupt, dismantle, and ultimately defeat Al Qaeda and its extremist allies and to prevent their return to either country.

"Yet Americans often ask why do we ask our young men and women to risk their lives in Afghanistan when Al Qaeda's leadership is in neighbouring Pakistan? That question deserves a good answer," she said.

Any recurrence of Mumbai-type attack will be "intolerable"

He emphasised that "So long as Pakistan territory continues to be used for perpetrating acts of terrorism directed against India, I think, the dialogue, even if it starts, cannot move forward."

Noting that there is no option but to have dialogue with Pakistan, he said, however, that he could not say what kind of talks will happen. This, he said, will be determined by the Foreign Secretaries of the two countries who will keep meeting as often as possible.

Singh said that any recurrence of Mumbai-type attack will be "intolerable" and that would affect the ties from moving forward.

Bring 26/11 attackers to justice, PM tells Gilani

Singh and Gilani agreed that dialogue is the only way forward.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Terrorists and those who aid and abet them must be brought to justice.

In recent years, terrorist groups have become more sophisticated, more organised and more daring. Terrorists and those who aid and abet them must be brought to justice.

"The infrastructure of terrorism must be dismantled and there should be no safe havens for terrorists because they do not represent any cause, group or religion. It is time that we agree on a Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism," he said.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Pakistan should take credible action against terrorists: Manmohan

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Saturday that India was “willing to walk more than half the distance” to normalise relations if Pakistan reaffirmed that it would bring the perpetrators of the Mumbai massacre to justice and would not allow its territory to be used for terrorist attacks against India.

“But it requires credible action, on the part of Pakistan to deal with terrorist elements directing their energy to disrupt and destabilise our economy and polity,” he said.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Thursday, July 9, 2009

The Defence Ministry, in its annual report for 2008-09

Suspected US strikes kill 45: Pak officials

Zardari admits terrorism nurtured by govt for tactical use

In an astonishingly candid admission - a first by any Pakistani head of state - president Asif Ali Zardari has admitted militants and terrorists were wilfully created by past Pakistani governments and nurtured as a policy to achieve tactical objectives.

``Militants and extremists emerged on the national scene and challenged the state not because the civil bureaucracy was weakened and demoralized but because they were deliberately created and nurtured as a policy to achieve short-term tactical objectives. Let's be truthful and make a candid admission of the reality,'' he said at a gathering of civil servants in Islamabad on Tuesday night.

``The terrorists of today were heroes of yesteryear until 9/11 occurred and they began to haunt us as well,'' Zardari said, emphasising that Pakistan can't be left alone at this stage of the war on terror. He also pointedly said that the future generations won't forgive the current leadership if it does not take corrective measures.

India has long charged Pakistan with sponsoring terrorism in Kashmir by providing arms, ammunition and training to the militants who have been engaged in a war of secession.

``Pakistan is a frontline state in the war against terror and we have pledged to eliminate this scourge. I have taken charge of the country at a difficult time and will meet the challenges facing the country,'' he said.

``The heroin mafia, which arose as a consequence of the efforts to implode the Soviet Union, now takes in $5 billion a year, twice the budget of our Army and police. This is the price Pakistan continues to pay,'' wrote Zardari in the article, `The Frontier Against Terrorism'.

Kashmir-----I think it is an issue. It's a delicate and sensitive issue

"It's one that — we would diplomatically encourage that the Pakistanis and the Indians first of all improve their relationship, their ties, their trade, their exchanges, to foster peace and more prosperity in that area between their two countries," he said.

"I think it has been an extremely sensitive hotspot for the world and for the region, where we've almost experienced thermonuclear war on several occasions," said the former lawmaker who was the president of the Centre for National Policy (CNP), a Washington, D.C.-based national security think tank at the time of his nomination.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

No nation has suffered more from terrorism than India: Kerry

The greatest resource of any nation in the 21st century is its people

"We meet in the midst of the worst global recession in a generation. I believe that the market is the greatest force for creating and distributing wealth that the world has known," Obama said addressing the 'New Economic School' in Moscow.

However, he said that wherever the market is allowed to run rampant -- through excessive risk-taking, a lack of regulation or corruption -- "then all are endangered, whether we live on the Mississippi or the Volga."

"And while this crisis has shown us the risk that comes with change, that risk is overwhelmed by opportunity. Think of what's possible today that was unthinkable two decades ago. A young woman with an Internet connection in Bangalore, India can compete with anyone, anywhere. An entrepreneur with a start-up in Beijing can take his business global," he said.

He said the greatest resource of any nation in the 21st century is its people, and the countries which tap that resource are the countries that will succeed.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Pak appeals against release of Mumbai terror accused Hafiz Saeed

New Delhi has never said no to talks with Islamabad

That is the only thing India is asking for and we are waiting." "I have repeatedly said that it has to be visible and it has to be credible. There must be some commitment on the part of Pakistan that they are going after the Mumbai attackers," he underlined.

On suggestions from the international community that India should talk to Pakistan, Mr. Krishna said New Delhi has never said no to talks with Islamabad.

"India has never said no to talks with Pakistan. India has taken a very consistent position that we will talk. But we will talk about terror. We will discuss about terror. India is ever willing to talk about terror," he underlined.

"I do not know whether I would agree with the projection that Kashmir is the key among Indo-Pak issues.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Changing face of the United States towards Muslim world

The Pakistanis weren't there then.

An ingenious example of speech and politics occurred recently in the United Nations Assembly that made the world community smile.

A representative from India began: 'Before beginning my talk I want to tell you something about Rishi Kashyap of Kashmir, after whom Kashmir is named. When he struck a rock and it brought forth water, he thought, 'What a good opportunity to have a bath.' He removed his clothes, put them aside on the rock and entered the water. When he got out and wanted to dress, his clothes had vanished. A Pakistani had stolen them.' The Pakistani representative jumped up furiously and shouted, 'What are you talking about? The Pakistanis weren't there then.' The Indian representative smiled and said, 'And now that we have made that clear, I will begin my speech. 'And they say Kashmir belongs to them...................................................

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Obama:Violence affects hope for dialogue with Iran

Their bravery in the face of brutality is a testament to their enduring pursuit of justice. The violence perpetrated against them is outrageous.

"Iran's possession of nuclear weapons will trigger an arms race in the Middle East that would be bad ... for the security of the entire region," Obama said.

"So even as we clearly speak out in a unified voice in opposition to the violence that's taken place in Iran, we also have to be steady in recognizing that the prospect of Iran with a nuclear weapon is a big problem."

Jim Jones hails Pakistani attack on militants

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Zardari asks people to join hands against militancy, extremism

The President said militants and extremists wanted to destroy the country and the way of life of the people in the name of religion.

"They are blowing up schools, butchering innocent people, killing doctors for administering polio drops, closing down businesses and digging out the dead and the buried from their graves to impose upon us their bigoted world view," he said.

He hoped the country will be able to celebrate her next birth anniversary in a "changed environment where terrorism and extremism would have been eliminated".

Maoists are killing innocent citizens--------WB cm

Mr. Bhattacharjee said the Home Minister assured him that if the state government required more forces, he would be ready to send them. The West Bengal government has already deployed about 1,300 personnel of the CRPF and about 600 BSF men.

Mr. Bhattacharjee accused the Maoists of killing innocent citizens and engaging in extortion and many other crimes with the locals suffering heavily.

"It will take some time to get rid of the Maoist menace and we will continue the campaign," he said.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Dialogue is the only solution to the Kashmir problem

"Pakistan should show more action on Mumbai terror attack before the dialogue process starts. Pakistan Prime Minister has been saying for long time that Kashmir is a core issue and he will continue saying this in future as well," Mr Abdullah, president of National Conference told reporters.

However, he said he firmly believed that dialogue was the only solution to the Kashmir problem and was hopeful that the Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari would meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who will visit Moscow soon.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Shopian stir an attempt to cripple tourism prospects: Azad

"These elements are out to indulge in agitations to draw political mileage at the cost of states' interests."

"Some separatist and other elements in Kashmir and some parties in Jammu are hand in glove. They disturbed peace in the state last year and are trying to do the same now,"

Earlier, he told reporters that these forces were trying to distrub tranquillity and peace when tourist arrival to the state is high. "It's at this particular period that they rake up the issues."

About Pakistan raking up the Kashmir issue recently he said, "It is not something new as Pakistan has always been raking up this issue whenever it was facing internal problems."

India conveys dismay to US over Pak inaction

11 policemen killed, 6 hurt in landmine explosion in Jharkhand

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

India for peace if Pak cracks down on terrorism: Manmohan

Declaring his government's 'zero tolerance' for terror, the Prime Minister said the government can deal with the menace of terrorism "aided and abetted from abroad".

"I expect the government of Pakistan to take strong, effective and sustained action to prevent the use of their territory for the commission of acts of terrorism in India, or against Indian interests, and use every means at their disposal to bring to justice those who have committed these crimes in the past, including the attack on Mumbai," Dr. Singh said.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Islamabad has been pursuing "selective counter-terrorism" measures: Riedel

Pakistanis avenge mosque blast, attack Taliban

The incident on Saturday indicated a swing in the national mood toward a more anti-Taliban stance _ a shift that comes as suicide attacks have surged and the pakimilitary wages an offensive in the Swat Valley.

'Pak built up Army against India with US military aid'

The Hindu News Update Service

Naxalism: A Rs 1500 crore red corridor empire

"There are six left-wing extremists groups operating in the state out of which the People's Liberation Front of India, earlier known as Jharkhand Liberation Tigers, is mostly made up of criminals. The groups operate no longer for ideology but purely for extortion," CRPF DIG (Jharkhand) Alok Raj said.

"It has come to our notice that in certain incidents, contractors have themselves approached the Naxals to blow up the roads built by them because they had used inferior material at first place. As the roads are blown away, no quality inspection takes place," Director General of Police (Jharkhand) V D Ram said.

Officials say, in most cases, the amount generated in the form of levy usually goes into a "luxurious lifestyle" of Naxal chiefs.

"The chiefs lead a luxurious life with all modern facilities. Though, they forcibly recruit children in their cadre, their own kids study in good public schools," officials said.

Friday, June 5, 2009

US firm on implicating LeT founder in 26/11 carnage - US - World - The Times of India

US firm on implicating LeT founder in 26/11 carnage - US - World - The Times of India

Text of Obama's speech in Cairo

The Hindu News Update Service
For we have learned from recent experience that when a financial system weakens in one country, prosperity is hurt everywhere. When a new flu infects one human being, all are at risk. When one nation pursues a nuclear weapon, the risk of nuclear attack rises for all nations. When violent extremists operate in one stretch of mountains, people are endangered across an ocean. And when innocents in Bosnia and Darfur are slaughtered, that is a stain on our collective conscience. That is what it means to share this world in the 21st century. That is the responsibility we have to one another as human beings.

The situation in Afghanistan demonstrates America's goals, and our need to work together. Over seven years ago, the United States pursued al Qaida and the Taliban with broad international support. We did not go by choice, we went because of necessity. I am aware that some question or justify the events of 9/11. But let us be clear: al Qaida killed nearly 3,000 people on that day. The victims were innocent men, women and children from America and many other nations who had done nothing to harm anybody. And yet Al Qaeda chose to ruthlessly murder these people, claimed credit for the attack, and even now states their determination to kill on a massive scale. They have affiliates in many countries and are trying to expand their reach. These are not opinions to be debated; these are facts to be dealt with.

This last point is important because there are some who advocate for democracy only when they are out of power; once in power, they are ruthless in suppressing the rights of others. No matter where it takes hold, government of the people and by the people sets a single standard for all who hold power: you must maintain your power through consent, not coercion; you must respect the rights of minorities, and participate with a spirit of tolerance and compromise; you must place the interests of your people and the legitimate workings of the political process above your party. Without these ingredients, elections alone do not make true democracy.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

US seeks extra $200m for displaced people in Swat - Pakistan - World - The Times of India

US seeks extra $200m for displaced people in Swat - Pakistan - World - The Times of India

Holbrooke said Obama has sent his team to Pakistan to show US' concern to the people of Pakistan and to the world its concern for the internal refugees.

Naxals killing innocent people to spread terror

Replying to questions on the increased activity of Left wing extremists, particularly in Malkangiri district, Mr Praharaj said both short term and long term plans had been drawn up to combat the Naxal menace.
Geographically, Malkangiri district poses certain difficulties, he noted, pointing out that it borders both Chhatisgarh and Andhra Pradesh – two Naxal-infested states. Its vulnerability is aggravated by the terrain and the inaccessibility of vast areas of the district.
"The state government has stepped up its intelligence network and sharing with bordering Andhra Pradesh and Chhatisgarh," he added.
Mr Praharaj denied that the Naxals were targeting ‘police informers’. "They are killing innocent people and describing them as police informers only to spread terror amongst the villagers," he said.
Commenting on the violent incidents in Narayanpatna block of Koraput district, he said they were the result of a “complex problem involving ethnic groups and land related issues.”

'Israel not going to bomb Iran' - Middle East - World - The Times of India

'Israel not going to bomb Iran' - Middle East - World - The Times of India

JuD chief Saeed's release is disturbing: Krishna - India - The Times of India

JuD chief Saeed's release is disturbing: Krishna - India - The Times of India

US calls 26/11 mastermind Saeed's release 'disturbing' - Pakistan - World - The Times of India

US calls 26/11 mastermind Saeed's release 'disturbing' - Pakistan - World - The Times of India

The militants in Buner and other parts of Malakand division want to spoil the Pakistan founded by Muhammad Ali Jinnah and the US will not leave Pakistan alone at this critical juncture, Holbrooke said.

Islamic countries should now come forward to help the people displaced by the military operations, he said. The Organisation of the Islamic Conference should help them, he added.

'Sri Lanka to facilitate return of Tamil refugees from India'

The Hindu News Update Service

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Obama calls up Manmohan, both agree to work to combat terror - India - The Times of India

Obama calls up Manmohan, both agree to work to combat terror - India - The Times of India

4 lakh tribals displaced due to Maoists activities: report

The Hindu News Update Service
But, these benefits were later withdrawn by the Andhra Pradesh Government soon after maoists killed more than 30 Greyhound personnel in an ambush at Chitrakonda reservoir in Orissa on June 29 last year and police accused Gutti Koya tribals of being supporters of the maoists, the report said.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Pak, Afghan agree for "action plan" to flush out terrorists

Pak, Afghan agree for "action plan" to flush out terrorists
"We have decided that the terrorists will not be given any space or gap to carry out their heinous agenda, harassing and killing innocent people," he said. "We believe that success lies in unity and implementing a common strategy."