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India seeks 'sincerity' from nations in war on terror

india Updated: Feb 10, 2009 05:54 IST

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In an apparent reference to Pakistan, India on Monday said hurdles in the global war against terror are created by "unwillingness" or lack of "sincerity" on part of countries and any "architecture or framework" does not "stand in the way" of fighting the menace.

External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee, on a day-long visit in Dhaka, discussed the concept of setting up a regional taskforce to fight terror during meetings with his Bangladesh counterpart Dipu Moni and Home Minister Sahara Khatun.

"Architecture or framework does not stand in the way of fighting against terrorism, whatever it is -- bilateral, regional or multilateral," he said at a joint press conference with Moni.

"But if there is inability, incapability or unwillingness to tackle with the problem and fight against terrorism as a global issue, then the problem comes," Mukherjee said.

"There is no conflict between the regional architecture and within the regional architecture, the bilateral architecture. What is more important is the sincerity to fight against the menace of terrorism," he said.

Mukherjee's remarks come at a time when India has reservations regarding the success of the Joint Anti-Terror Mechanism it has with Pakistan. New Delhi believes that Islamabad is not sincere enough in tackling terrorism emanating from Pakistani soil.