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Pak must take action against forces like Taliban: Sharma

india Updated: Feb 18, 2009 10:23 IST

Pakistan must take action to neutralise forces like Taliban, Minister of State for External Affairs Anand Sharma said in Mumbai on Tuesday.

"Pakistan must take demonstrated action to neutralise such forces," the minister said in reply to a query on the 'cosying up' of Taliban with Pakistan.

"The resolve and capacity of Pakistan not to compromise with but neutralise those propagating violence and religious intolerance is the issue," he told reporters.

Pakistan government yesterday agreed to enforce Islamic law in large areas of its restive North West Frontier Province, including Swat valley, under grip of Taliban insurgency.

Asked about media reports that Pakistan government may arrest underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, the minister said, "I am not going to respond to specualtion unless we have authentic information."

"No region can escape the threat of organised terrorism. The forces of terror created a situation which calls for a robust global response," he said.

"We live in a region and neighbourhood which is volatile," he said. "We have shown maturity and firmness by isolating the epicentre of terror in Pakistan," he added.

Sharma, who also holds the Information and Broadcasting portfolio, spoke on the various 'progressive' measures taken by the UPA government and the 'stimulus' package for media to help it tackle recession.

Besides, the 24 per cent increase in government advertisement rates, a decision has been taken to increase the rates by another 10 per cent, he said.

The government recently decided to abolish duty on newsprint import, he added.