Straw Roots For India, Asks Musharraf To Stem Infiltration

New Delhi, May 29: | Updated: May 30 2002, 05:30am hrs
Britain has categorically asked Pakistan to match its promises to combat cross-border terrorism with action on the ground and declared that terrorism included the kind perpetrated by so-called freedom fighters in Jammu and Kashmir.

The test is by action and not words. There has to be measurement on the ground. The international community looks to Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf for full implementation of the promises made by him, British foreign secretary Jack Straw told a joint press conference with external affairs minister Jaswant Singh here after holding wide-ranging talks.

Mr Straw, who arrived in New Delhi on Tuesday night on a 24-hour visit from Islamabad in a bid to defuse the current Indo-Pak crisis, spared no words in asserting that the international law and the UN resolution 1373 made it clear that terrorism included cross-border terrorism as also that perpetrated by freedom fighters.

UK stands four square behind India in its fight against terrorism. We back India comprehensively in its fight against terrorism, British foreign secretary said.

On the rising tension between India and Pakistan, Mr Straw said the issues between the two countries have to be resolved bilaterally though they obviously had international implications.

Mr Straw also met home minister LK Advani and told him that President Musharraf must ensure that the Line of Control (LoC) with India is effectively sealed and there was no infiltration from his side.

Responding to a query about how much time India would give President Musharraf to implement his commitment, Mr Singh stressed that the Pakistan leader had been given enough time and it was vital for him to recognise the urgency of the situation.