`Equal imp to tackling safe havens in US’ Af-Pak policy`

Last Updated: Sunday, December 6, 2009 - 17:49

New Delhi: India strongly feels the issue
of tackling safe havens for terrorists in Pakistan should get
equal importance in US` Af-Pak strategy to usher in normalcy
in strife-torn Afghanistan.

Sources said the genealogy of terrorism in Afghanistan
and Pakistan is the same. They hoped that the coalition forces
led by the US will remain in Afghanistan till the situation
stabilises and the Afghan national army gets total control of
the country.

The sources also said there was no question of Indian
troops being involved in the US-led operations in Afghanistan.

US President Barack Obama had last week unveiled his
new Af-Pak strategy promising to send 30,000 additional troops
to Afghanistan to bring stability in that country.

They said the Prime Minister hopes to ask the Russian
leadership during his talks in Moscow tomorrow to impress upon
Pakistan to stop cross-border terrorism tragetting India.

During an interview to the Russian media, Singh had
said that Russia as a "great power" could convince Pakistan
not to use terror against India as an instrument of state
policy.

Without naming Pakistan, Singh had said that India
faced an "onset" of terrorism aided, inspired and instigated
by that country.

Singh had also said that if Pakistan territory ceases
to be used by terrorists India saw immense opportunities for
the two countries to work together in cooperation.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, December 6, 2009 - 17:49

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