‘World now believing India's view on terrorism’
Washington: India's view on terrorism in
the region is increasingly being "believed and subscribed to",
Indian Ambassador to the US, Nirupama Rao has said, even as
the Obama administration stepped up pressure on Pakistan to
rein-in Haqqani network, which allegedly has links with ISI.
Rao said the India has repeatedly said that one
can't have segmented approach when it comes to applying
pressure on any terrorist groups.
One has to deal with all the groups that threaten peace
and stability in the region, she argued.
"India's point of view (on terrorism) is increasingly
believed in and subscribed to," Rao said here at a panel
discussion on India-US Strategic Relations organised jointly
by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry
and the Brookings Institute, a Washington-based think-tank.
peace and stability in the region, she argued.
In the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, Rao
said, the UN Security Council in a resolution said that those
who provide sanctuary and provide assistance and support to
terrorist organisations needs to accept the responsibility
that they have to eliminate their influence they have on these
groups and to desist from using these groups in any manner
that creates instability in the region.
They have to cease using these groups as proxies to
promote their interest in their neighborhood.
"I think this realisation is being shared," she said.
Deputy Secretary of State, William J Burns said
that US President Barack Obama has made it clear about the
depth of US concern, not just about the Haqqani network,
the threat that it poses to the United States, as well as to
others in the region including Pakistan.
"But we also stressed the importance of not
distinguishing among different extremist groups like
Lashkar, as you know we regard in the US as a
terrorist organization, as a threat to us, people of Pakistan
as well as people around the world," he said.
"So we believe there is a shared interest with
Pakistan in fighting against those groups. We deeply believe
that it is in Pakistan's interest to act against that threat.
We hope very much to see some action to reflect that
kind of an understanding, because the threat is only
increasing," Burns said.
The US official said in the aftermath of the horrific
attacks in Mumbai three years ago, counter terrorism
cooperation between the United States and India has increased
"We attach high priority to it," he said.
Referring to the meeting between Secretary of State,
Hillary Clinton, and External Affairs Minister, S M Krishna,
Rao said the two leaders devoted a lot of their time towards
the situation in the region and Afghanistan in particular.
"Both our countries understand the major threat that
we face particularly from terrorism emanating from our
immediate neighbourhood, from our region itself.
So in that sense there is much value and both sides
are willing for discussions on the subject and needs
cooperation particularly on counter terrorism," Rao said.
Earlier in her remarks, Rao said terrorism remains a
challenge for India, as the recent attacks in Delhi have again
"The fight against the scourge of terrorism must be
unrelenting. We have and will continue to take steps to
improve our domestic capabilities to counter this threat," she
"At the same time, we are also enhancing our
cooperation with the US. In the wider regional context, we
both agree that success in Afghanistan and regional and global
security require elimination of safe havens and infrastructure
for terrorism and violent extremism in Afghanistan and
Pakistan," Rao said.