India has strong ability & resolve to defeat terrorists: PM

Indicating that Pak continued to give sanctuary to terrorists, PM Singh said India had full capability to combat terrorists.

Updated: Oct 23, 2010, 00:16 AM IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Indicating that Pakistan continued to give sanctuary to anti-India elements, PM Manmohan Singh on Friday said India had full capability of to combat terrorism and will remain one step ahead of the terrorists.

He was speaking in the Capital on the the Golden Jubilee function of the National Defence College, in the presence of the chiefs of the Army, Navy and Air Force and also the King of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuk, who is visiting India.

Terrorism has been used as a means to destroy the values
on which the nation is built, he said.

“Terrorist groups enjoy patronage and sanctuary,” he said indicating that Pakistan continues to engage in terrorist activities against India.

“We will ensure that our capabilities to combat terrorism remain a step ahead of those of the terrorists. They should be left in no doubt about our ability and resolve to defeat them,” he added.

Condemning state sponsored violence, PM said, “India opposes unilateral use of force for resolving disputes.” He also said that, “India supports adopting convention on international terrorism.”

Citing the incidents of piracy off the Somalia coast, PM Singh said, “We have to be prepared to deal with threats to our security from non-state actors and groups and modernise our defence doctrines to respond to new and non-traditional threats to our security”.

He added that, “Military preparedness and modernisation of defence forces are matters of the highest priority for the government.”

Reiterating India’s stand on nuclear disarmament, Singh said, “India supports global universal non-discriminatory nuclear disarmament.”

He acknowledged that there was a development deficit in
all parts of the country and naxalism was posing a threat to
national security.

On the threat posed by the Naxals to the internal security of India, Singh said, “Naxalism and Left wing extremism pose the greatest threats to national security, but the state cannot and will not allow its authority to be challenged.”

Praising India’s strong economy, the PM said, “Economic fundamentals of the country are very strong.”

Despite a complex regional and global environment, Singh
said India`s policies were marked by a sense of responsibility
and restraint. "India`s military spending has been assessed to
be just below the world average as a percentage of GDP," he
said.

With the issue of the expansion of the UN Security
Council apparently on his mind, Singh said the "reality of
international relations is that power is unevenly distributed.

"We should not expect those who have power to willingly
part with it. We have to stand up on our own feet to defend
the values that define us as a nation," he said.

-PTI inputs