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Fears confirmed: 'CBMs backfired'

Fears confirmed: 'CBMs backfired'

Author: Times News Network
Publication: The Times of India
Date: July 26, 2006
URL: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1808780.cms

[Note from the Hindu Vivek Kendra: Should not the secularists who held the bus move as a means to achieve the evasive peace be held responsible for this happening?]

Union home minister Shivraj Patil confirmed the worst suspicions of security agencies on Tuesday when he said that terrorists had taken advantage of buses and trains launched as part of Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) to sneak in from Pakistan and Bangladesh.

The acknowledgement was based on the intelligence input that those who came here to watch cricket matches and went missing (11 of them from Mohali in 2005) might have been terrorists. This has become a serious area of concern as security agencies track terror suspects in the wake of the Mumbai blasts.

Replying to an adjournment motion moved by BJP in Lok Sabha, the home minister elaborated that terror had spread its tentacles not just in border towns but well into the hinterland.

The minister said, "Terrorists have come through water and air taking advantage of the friendly atmosphere...the warmth in ties."

The adverse side-effects of the people-to-people contacts between India and Pakistan may prove to be a dampener for CBM enthusiasts who have advocated cultural interaction with neighbouring Pakistan and Bangladesh.

While interaction is seen to bring down barriers and dissolve stereotypes, Pakistani visitors can see whether conditions in India tally with PTV propaganda, there are security concerns in the CBMs being abused.

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