Impose sanctions on countries harbouring terrorists: PM
17 November 2001
The Indian Express
New Delhi: Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee on Saturday called for sanctions to be imposed on countries that harboured terrorist organisations, saying terrorism must be fought on a broader front. New Delhi has long accused nuclear rival Pakistan of funding, arming and pushing militants into Kashmir where more than 30,000 people have died in a nearly 12-year-old insurgency. Vajpayee told a conference on internal security that his government had urged the international community to broaden the war on terrorism from beyond ''certain symbols or symptoms''. ''All murderous groups, wherever they may be - in Kashmir or elsewhere - must be declared as terrorist organisations by all civilised nations... Countries giving safe sanctuaries or any other kind of support to them must be placed under sanctions,'' he said. Islamabad denies direct involvement in the Kashmir revolt, but says it gives moral and diplomatic support to the separatists in the bloodied Himalayan region. Tensions over Kashmir have been rising between the neighbours despite the two supporting the US-led military campaign in Afghanistan to hunt down those Washington held responsible for the September 11 attacks on US landmarks.