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'Pak. breeding ground for militancy'

By Our Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI, JAN. 27. Advocating an international campaign against terrorism, India today accused Pakistan and Afghanistan of training and exporting pan-Islamic insurgents to Jammu and Kashmir and other parts of the globe.

``Jehadi terrorism that breeds in some madrasas and training camps in Pakistan and Afghanistan has started to affect countries far away from the centre of this phenomenon. It has been given legitimacy and respectability by projecting it in the name of Jehad,'' the Defence Minister, Mr. George Fernandes, said during his inaugural address at an international seminar on Asian Security here today. The address was read out in absentia as Mr. Fernandes is in quake-hit Gujarat to supervise relief operations.

The former Pakistan Army chief, Gen. Jehangir Karamat, is also participating in the conference.

Terrorism was one of the main threats to regional and international peace, Mr. Fernandes said adding that the Pakistan- Afghanistan zone had become the epicentre for spreading terrorism. Stability in Afghanistan brought about by a coordinated international effort was essential for peace and stability in Asia, he said.

The increasing clout of the Jehadis had changed the character of militancy in Kashmir where non-Kashmiri Jehadis were currently spearheading militancy.

India's peace initiatives in Kashmir included the conduct of the first phase of elections to the village panchayats a fortnight ago. Around 75 to 85 per cent of the people went to the polls to elect 23,236 local representatives.

India, he said, continued to remain committed to the global nuclear disarmament. There was also a need to look objectively at the risks of proliferation. India would like to encourage other nuclear weapons states to commit themselves to a no-first use policy.

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