Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Bangladesh: Khaleda Zia "agrees" to flush out NorthEast militants?

[''Bangladesh Prime Minister Khalida Zia had recently called up our High Commissioner to that country and extended its cooperation to act against the outfits,'' he said. Asked whether India had pressurised the Bangladesh government to take steps against the insurgent camps, Mukherjee said ''Bangladesh is a sovereign country and we are on friendly terms with them. They should decide their own course of action.'' Bangladesh had been repeatedly denying the presence of militants operating out of its soil.]

Bangladesh agrees to flush out NE ultra camps: Pranab:

Kolkata, Oct. 11 : Bangladesh has agreed to cooperate with India against the insurgent outfits operating from that country, Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee said here today.

''Bangladesh Prime Minister Khalida Zia had recently called up our High Commissioner to that country and extended its cooperation to act against the outfits,'' he said.

Asked whether India had pressurised the Bangladesh government to take steps against the insurgent camps, Mukherjee said ''Bangladesh is a sovereign country and we are on friendly terms with them. They should decide their own course of action.'' Bangladesh had been repeatedly denying the presence of militants operating out of its soil.

The Defence Minister, however, reiterated that the blasts in Assam and Nagaland were the handiwork of the ISI and said the source of trouble lay in Bangladesh and Myanmar.

''We have always been suspecting that the ISI were active in Kashmir and in the Northeast,'' Mukherjee said but declined to comment on what basis they have come to the conclusion, saying ''such reports are not for public consumption.'' He said the ULFA and the Kamtapuri militant groups had also joined hands with the ISI to carry out subversive activities in the country.

ANI 11/10/2004