Sunday, August 23, 2009
“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
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
"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
"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
"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.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
"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
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.
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.