February 2002 News

US adopting a policy of duplicity on terrorism: Farooq

16 February 2002
The Indian Express

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah has accused the United States of adopting a policy of “duplicity” towards India and Pakistan in fighting terrorism and sought to know why Washington does not candidly ask Islamabad to stop cross-border terrorism. ''The US doesn''t want India to be strong and that is why its posture is being seen as siding with both India and Pakistan simultaneously instead of candidly telling Islamabad to stop cross-border terrorism'', Abdullah said. ''How can they expect India to forge friendship with a country that breeds terrorism'', he said adding the world must know about the sinister designs of Pakistan''s ISI to bleed India''s pluralistic society. He said: ''It was probably because of pressure from the US that we cannot move ahead. There was fear of war fatigue among the troops while keeping them on the borders without any action''. Urging the Centre to evolve a policy which would benefit the people of the state and the country, he said the border tension has rendered a huge population homeless and their economic activities halted, jeopardising their sustenance.


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