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Speaker voices concern over cross-border terrorism

world Updated: Oct 21, 2009 22:19 IST
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In an apparent reference to Pakistan, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar on Wednesday said some "irresponsible" states are covertly helping perpetrators of cross-border terrorism for their "ulterior motives".

Participating in a discussion at the Inter Parliamentary Union in Geneva, she said while cross-border terrorism posed serious security challenges on a global scale, India has been confronted like many other countries with externally sponsored terrorism for several decades.

Some "irresponsible" states were covertly helping the perpetrators of these crimes for their ulterior motives, she said and called for evolution of an internationally acceptable mechanism to tackle this crime.

Such mechanism could include measures like law enforcement cooperation, mutual legal assistance, extradition and technical assistance so that all forms of organised crimes were tackled more effectively in a collective manner.

Kumar, who is leading a high-level Parliamentary delegation for the three-day conference, said India was pursuing comprehensive action plan, which included enhanced intelligence sharing, strengthening of border management and augmenting the capability of the police forces.

She said though India has taken several legislative and administrative measures to control and counter organised crime, these problems persisted as they have trans-national dimensions.

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