Pranab talks tough on countries harbouring terrorists

Pranab talks tough on countries harbouring terrorists
PTI
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First Published: Mon, Jan 19 2009. 06 13 PM IST
Updated: Mon, Jan 19 2009. 06 13 PM IST
New Delhi: Raising the pitch against countries that harbour terrorists, India has said that there should be zero tolerance to the scourge of terrorism and nations, which do not follow it should be made to ‘pay a heavy price’ by the international community.
“Countries that do not follow zero tolerance to terrorism must be made to pay a heavy price by international community,” External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee said on the sidelines of ‘Partnership Summit 2009´.
Seeking an international partnership to root out the menace of terrorism, Mukherjee said the global community should ensure that the states, which sponsored terror should be forced to dismantle the terrorist infrastructure.
“Countries that support or tolerate terrorism must have no choice but to dismantle terror infrastructure,” he said, not naming any country that he may have had in mind while making these strong remarks against terror-sponsoring States.
Stating that Mumbai terror attacks had shocked the world, the Minister said that terrorism was one of the threats that affected all nations.
Mukherjee further said that India had long faced the scourge of terrorist activities and pointed out that there was a need for developing technologies in the global efforts to counter terrorism.
“However, adequate security to ensure such technologies do not fall in the wrong hands have to be provided,” he said.
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First Published: Mon, Jan 19 2009. 06 13 PM IST