Germany offers help to combat terror

Written by Political Bureau | New Delhi | Updated: Dec 13 2008, 06:02am hrs
Germany has offered India assistance in combating terrorism and underlined that Pakistan needs to do much more than banning militant outfits to wipe out the scourge originating from that country.

Visiting German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schuble told mediapersons here that, Banning is not enough to forbid others from committing terrorist attacks. Maybe its not sufficient. They need to do more. Noting that forbidding an organisation is one thing and to avoid crimes is another, he suggested that Pakistan should try those proscribed to ensure that nobody will commit terrorist attacks or other crimes.

He was responding to a question whether banning front outfits like Jamaat-ud-Dawah, a public front for Lashkar-e-Taiba suspected of masterminding the Mumbai massacre, by Pakistan was enough to stop terrorism flowing from that country.

The German minister who was on a day long visit to India, held talks with his Indian counterpart P Chidambaram and National Security Adviser MK Narayanan on strengthening counter-terror co-operation between India and Germany in the wake of the November 26 Mumbai terror strikes.

He also called on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and conveyed Germanys full support to India in the fight against terrorism. He said that Germany appreciated Indias responsible response to the attacks while disfavouring any military action and said the better way was to address the issue through cooperation between the two countries.

When asked about discussions with his Indian interlocutors, he said, We are ready to send experts and special forces to India to deal with terrorism.

Schaube underlined the need for creating a federal agency that brings together police, intelligence and coastal authoritiesand for new communication technologies to intercept sensitive messages.

In some states, the government is not in full control of parts of its intelligence services, even in mature democracies, Schuble responded when asked whether he suspected the involvement of Pakistans spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) in planning the Mumabi terror attacks, which India believes were masterminded and executed by elements from Pakistan.

He, however, chose to be circumspect when asked whether he thought the terrorists targeting Mumbai came from Pakistan.