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'

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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

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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'

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