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.”

Terrorist acts were aimed at destabilising nations and citizens. “It is an attack on our institutions of democracy, symbols of national pride, security and strategic infrastructure and on civilians. Terrorism is a reminder for the global comTerrorist acts were aimed at destabilising nations and citizens.munity to stop the rhetoric and perform to effectively fight the menace.”

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."