US arms not to be used against India: Pakistan

Pakistan said the military hardware it is receiving from the US would not be used against India but against terrorists.

Lahore: Pakistan said Friday the military hardware it is receiving from the US would not be used against India but against terrorists operating in this country.
"There should not be any doubt that military hardware would not be used against India," Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said.

"This hardware would be used against the terrorists in Pakistan," Online news agency quoted him as telling reporters in here.

His remarks came on the day when Indian Defence Minister AK Antony said that the arms the US provided to the US could be used against India.

"The US says it is giving equipment to Pakistan to fight against the Taliban. But we feel there is every possibility of (Pakistan) diverting most of them to the Indian borders," Antony told reporters in New Delhi.

"We have already conveyed our concerns (to the US) about transfer of equipment to Pakistan," he added.

Pakistan is expecting the delivery of F-16 fighter jets, Cobra helicopters and spares, a Perry class frigate and unarmed drones.


New Delhi: Seventy-six boys from Assam and
Manipur have been rescued from a children`s home in Tamil Nadu
after they were found living in squalid conditions, the Lok
Sabha was informed on Friday.

Twenty-two of the children were from Manipur, which
included 11 girls. They are all in the age group of 6-14.
Following this, the Supreme Court directed the National
Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) to carry out
an inquiry into the matter.

The children in Tamil Nadu have been rescued and restored
to their parents and guardians in Assam and Manipur and action
has also been taken by the Tamil Nadu Police against the
accused persons, Minister of State for Women and Child
Development Krishna Tirath said in a written reply.

A large number of children`s homes are not registered
with Government although Section 34 (3) of the Juvenile
Justice (Care and Protection of children) Act, 2000 makes
registration mandatory.
The Tamil Nadu government has initiated a compulsory
registration drive under this section, Tirath said.


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