Using terror groups to fight India a bad idea: EU to Pak

Last Updated: Thursday, March 11, 2010 - 19:17

London: Describing Pakistan-based LeT as a
"dangerous group" having a "global agenda", a top EU counter-
terrorism official has said it was a bad idea "to fight India
with proxy" using terrorist organisations.

"We see Lashkar-e-Taiba as a very dangerous organisation
with a global agenda and not a local agenda," the European
Union`s counter-terrorism coordinator, Gilles de Kerchove,
Besides, "it is all but a good idea to fight India with
proxy through terrorist organisations," he told a seminar on
Yemen organised by Carnegie in Brussels yesterday, apparently
referring to Pakistan.

The top EU official also noted that many people from
Europe are being lured by terrorist training camps.

"We have several hundred people leaving Europe for
training camps," EUAsiaNews quoted de Kerchove as saying.

Referring to Afghanistan, de Kerchove said all the
neighbours, including Iran, have an important role to play to
restore peace and stability in the war-torn nation.
Meanwhile, NATO`s Senior Civilian Representative in
Afghanistan, Ambassador Mark Sedwill, reacted cautiously
during a press conference yesterday about a Pakistani army
suggestion to train the Afghan army.

He said any offer of support from Afghanistan`s regional
partners whether to the army, police or civil society to
improve their capabilities is welcome.

"But it needs to be handled with great delicacy if its
is relating to security forces because of regional tensions
and rivalry," he noted.

Sedwill, a former British ambassador to Afghanistan and
Deputy High commissioner to Pakistan, praised the role of
India in the war-torn country.

"If you look at the Indian role in Afghanistan they are
not involved at all with the security force but there is a
very substantial civil aid programme from India to Afghanistan
including some major infrastructure projects and indeed they
have a mechanism for training lot of civilians within India,"
Sedwill said.


First Published: Thursday, March 11, 2010 - 19:17
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