Cong pats Govt for rallying int`l community on terror from Pak

Congress lauded the govt`s efforts in exposing before the international community the "syndicate of terror" operating from Pakistani soil.

New Delhi: Congress on Monday lauded the
government`s efforts in exposing before the international
community the "syndicate of terror" operating from Pakistani
soil and effectively bringing the threat of terrorism on the
global agenda.

"Pakistan must deliver with sincerity its assurances
to dismantle terror outfits, not to allow the use of its
territory for attacks in India and bring to justice the
perpetrators, masterminds responsible for the Mumbai carnage,"
said the resolution on Foreign Affairs adopted unanimously at
the Congress Plenary here.

The resolution, moved by Union Commerce Minister Anand
Sharma, appreciated that India has moved a comprehensive
convention in the United Nations on international terrorism.

"India has now become a full member of the Financial
Action Task Force which is a major step in checking the
financing of terror and money laundering," the resolution
said.

The 12-page resolution also commended the government
for mobilising global support for comprehensive reforms in
multilateral institutions, including the restructuring of the
UN Security Council.

"India is of the considered view that the composition
of the reformed Council should be democratic and inclusive in
character, reflecting contemporary global reality," it said,
adding that New Delhi has received a "strong endorsement" for
getting a berth in the UNSC from major developed countries and
regional political groupings including African Union and the
European Union.

It said the strong backing to India`s candidature for
a permanent seat in the UNSC by visiting leaders including
French President Nicholas Sarkozy and UK Prime Minister David
Cameron was an important development.

Patting the government for enhancing India`s stature
in the global community and the constructive role played by it
in G-20, the resolution said India`s voice is today heard with
respect in all international forums established to tackle
global challenges.

Terming the civil nuclear cooperation agreement as a
major milestone in international diplomacy, it said the move
has ended the country`s three decades of nuclear isolation.

It said as the agreements get operationalised, it will
help addressing the twin challenge of energy security and
climate change.

Congratulating Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for his
"successful participation" in major global summits, the
resolution said, "His wise counsel was respected by the
leaders of the world in collectively shaping a response to the
global economic crisis...
"UPA Government galvanised India`s bilateral
engagement with all major countries of the world while also
strengthening the relationship with our traditional allies in
the developing world," it said.

Moving the resolution, Sharma underscored that the
country`s foreign policy has been to put national interest
above international relations.

"Congress governments have always ensured that India`s
voice is heard in the international fora," he said.

The resolution seconded by Jayanthi Natarajan was
adopted unanimously. On Arunachal Pradesh, Sharma said, "Congress and the
government is unambiguously clear that the state is an
integral part of India."

He said the Congress party has also entered into
arrangement with the African National Congress, political
parties in Asia and Workers` Party in Brazil to increase
interaction.

Natarajan said the visit of world leaders from P-5
countries indicated the growing stature of India at the global
level and treatment of New Delhi as an "equal partner".

She urged the government to take up the issue of
"sufferings" of Tamils in Sri Lanka and stressed on the need
to investigate the alleged human rights violations in the
island nation.

"We cannot sit back and watch," she said.
Referring to the problems being faced by fishermen
from Kala and Tamil Nadu, she said that they were at the mercy
of Sri Lankan Navy.

Citing a news report regarding then Home Minister L K
Advani`s "clandestine" meeting with Pakistani envoy during
`Operation Parakram` after the Parliament attack, she wanted
to know what the BJP veteran had discussed with the diplomat.

Minority Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said that US
President Barack Obama recently said `when Indian Prime
Minister speaks, the world listens`.

He said this shows the country`s standing in the
comity of nations.

He said when India was all set to take its place at
the international arena, opposition BJP prevented the Prime
Minister to speak in Parliament.

PTI

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