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Vajpayee rips Pakistan apart

Vajpayee rips Pakistan apart

Author: Shibi Alex Chandy
Publication: The Economic Times
Date: September 13, 2002

Introduction: Drives home India's point to President of EU & Denmark PM at UN General assembly
Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee has begun India's offensive against 'Pakistan backed terror' on the sidelines of the 57th session of the UN General Assembly here.

Kicking off a series of bilateral meetings with Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the prime minister of Denmark, which currently holds the presidency of the EU, Mr Vajpayee stressed on Wednesday that the efforts being made to combat terror should not be weakened.

Mr Vajpayee, who is here on a six-day visit to address the General Assembly, met with Rasmussen on a day that saw America grieving the dead of the September 11 terror attacks in New York, Washington, DC, and Pennsylvania last year. Over 2,800 people died in the attacks.

At the meeting, which lasted 30 minutes, Mr Rasmussen joined Vajpayee in unequivocally condemning the assassination of Jammu and Kashmir minister of state for law and parliamentary affairs Mushtaq Ahmed Lone, 44, at an election campaign rally earlier on Wednesday. Two terror groups - a little known outfit called Al-Arifeen as well as the Pakistan-based Lashker-e-Toiba - have reportedly claimed responsibility for the assassination.

Mr Vajpayee informed the president of the EU, which has been closely watching the run-up to the assembly election in the strife -torn northern state, that 'cross-border forces' were making every effort to 'intimidate voters' and 'sabotage the process' of seeking a popular mandate in Jammu and Kashmir. Stressing the common bonds of democracy between India and Denmark, the PM reiterated New Delhi's position on Kashmir, saying India wanted to hold a free and fair election in the state. - IANS

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