Saturday, April 24, 2010

We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things.
Americans…still believe in an America where anything's possible -- they just don't think their leaders do.
This is the moment when we must come together to save this planet. Let us resolve that we will not leave our children a world where the oceans rise and famine spreads and terrible storms devastate our lands.

'Pakistan may let Taliban use its nuclear weapons against India'

Pakistan may let surrogate Taliban use its nuclear weapons to do its "dirty work" against India in the event of escalation of tension between the two South Asian neighbours over Kashmir, a top US non-proliferation expert has suggested.

"If something broke out in Kashmir that reignited the vitriol between India and Pakistan, that could be an incident that could cause someone to make the decision," he warned

"(The Pakistanis may say) We don't want to use these weapons, but we're going to let our surrogate Taliban have access to these weapons and they'll do our dirty work," he said.
"I think one of our recommendations was to work with India and Pakistan to develop some fail-safe procedures," Graham said responding to questions from lawmakers concerned about the safety and security of nuclear weapons in Pakistan.

Although during the Cold War, the US and the Soviet Union were strong adversaries and had the capability of destroying each other, "we understood that we didn't want to allow a mis-step or an accidental event to become the ignition for such a war", Graham said.
"So we set up the red phone in the Oval Office and a whole protocol," he said referring to the report of the commission released early this year.
Noting that "none of that exists between India and Pakistan", he said: "I have felt that this may be an area in which the US and Russia together, since we developed these protocols for our own benefit and the world's benefit, might work together with India and Pakistan to try to get them to develop."
Graham said he was encouraged that within the last month India and China have started to develop some of those fail-safe procedures.
"But there's almost nothing that has been done in a similar vein between the real adversaries, which are India and Pakistan," he noted.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Pakistan must act in an expeditious and transparent manner against all those responsible for the Mumbai terrorist attack

Taking note of the spike in the 'level of infiltration' in the last few months, Rao added that 'the infrastructure of terrorism and activities of terror groups operating from the territory of Pakistan is a cause of serious concern.' 

Krishna told parliament that India has made it clear to Pakistan to 'take effective action to ban the anti-India activities of organisations such as Jamaat-ud-Dawa and their leaders, including Hafiz Saeed.' They have openly and blatantly espoused an agenda of violence and terrorism against India, Krishna said. 

Monday, April 19, 2010

Pakistan-based groups posed as much threat to the West as they did to India______Chidambaram

“The camps must be closed. Training must come to an end.''

He said it would be “na├»ve” for Western countries to think that terrorists operating from Pakistan posed a threat to India alone.

“Once you allow these terror groups to train, recruit and build capacity to strike, they can strike in India, they can strike in the U.K., they can strike in Denmark as they were planning out of the Karachi project,” he said.

He added: “No country is truly safe...Don't think that India alone is under threat. Every country is under threat from these groups and the Lashkar-e-Taiba today is like the Al Qaeda, a multi-country group.”

Saturday, April 17, 2010

India has been a consistent advocate of complete and universal global nuclear disarmament.

During the recently concluded nuclear security summit, which was attended by both Dr.Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani, Washington stressed on the need of reducing the nuclear stockpile across the globe.
It particularly expressed concerns over the extremist threat looming large over Pakistan's nuclear arsenals.

Dr. Singh, while leaving for Washington for the summit, had said that India has been a consistent advocate of complete and universal global nuclear disarmament.
"We were among the first countries in the world to call for a world free of nuclear weapons. I am encouraged by the fact that this approach is finding greater resonance today. We will continue to call for more meaningful progress in this direction," he had said.