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India asks Commonwealth to fight terrorism

world Updated: Jun 10, 2008 08:49 IST

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Pitching for "zero tolerance" for terrorism, India exhorted Commonwealth countries to work together to fight trans-national crime and terrorism.

"India calls for a policy of zero tolerance for terrorism by the international community. Any act of terrorism is a threat to the entire international community and deserves to be unequivocally condemned," K Rani, MP, said addressing the 20th Commonwealth Parliamentary Seminar in Ottawa on Monday.

Speaker of House of Common Peter Milliken, Speaker of Senate Noel A Kinsella, members of parliament and ministers from member countries are attending the weeklong conference organised by Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA).

Rani, an MP from Tamil Nadu, called upon the Commonwealth fraternity to stand together and fight "elements inimical to democracy" and the scourge of terrorism, which was not only a threat to democracy but to development as well.

India called for formulation of common strategies to achieve holistic development and welfare of people.