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'Pak must do more to curb infiltration'

The European Union asks Pak to take more effective measures to curb cross LoC movement of terrorists in J&K.

india Updated: Dec 24, 2006 14:38 IST

Echoing India's views, the European Union (EU) has asked Pakistan to take "more effective measures" to curb cross-LoC movement of terrorists and disfavoured demilitarisation in Jammu and Kashmir till there is "genuine action" to neutralise threat of Pak-based terrorists.

In a report to be presented to the European Parliament, the European body has also slammed Pakistan for lack of "meaningful and representative" democracy in parts of Jammu and Kashmir held by it while drawing a contrast with the situation prevailing in areas of the state across the LoC.

The draft report, prepared by the Committee of Foreign Affairs, has attracted sharp reaction from Pakistan, which has dubbed it as "unwarranted criticism" of the country in contrast to the "unquestioning endorsement of the Indian standpoint".

Deploring "all too frequent incidents of terror and violence perpetrated by armed militant groups based in Pakistan", the report said Pakistan's public commitments to curb infiltration across the LoC by "militants operating out of the territory under its control" is welcome.

However, "it must take much stronger and more effective measures (to do so)," said the report—Kashmir: present situation and future prospects—prepared by Rapporteur Baronness Nicholson of Winterbourne.

Recognising and supporting the aspiration of Kashmiri people for a "significantly-reduced" presence in the state, it points out, however, that "meaningful demilitarisation can only take place alongside genuine action to neutralise the threat of infiltrationin Jammu and Kashmir by militant outfits operating out of Pakistan."

First Published: Dec 24, 2006 12:58 IST