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Patil rules out `hot pursuit' in Bangladesh

While asserting that India was neither a weak nor a soft State, the Union Home Minister, Shivraj Patil, today said that India’s approach was “correct” in tackling the menace of terrorism. Ruling out the method of “hot pursuit” in dismantling the training and shelter camps of North-East insurgent groups in Bangladesh, Mr. Patil said India was not given to “war mongering” and it was not a method which should be followed by a civil nation. “Being gentle does not mean being weak and being correct does not mean being weak or soft,” he said. “Terrorism affects each and every part of world today. We have to adopt the cooperative approach; cooperation is necessary. Our efforts are to make it clear to officials and the political leadership in Dhaka that providing a safe haven to terrorist groups can endanger their own national security sometime,” Mr. Patil said during an interactive session after delivering the 17th Intelligence Bureau centenary endowment lecture on “New Dimensions of Terrorism.” He was replying to a question if India could launch “hot pursuit” where its security forces could go a few kilometres into the Bangladeshi territory to demolish the camps of North-East insurgent outfits there. Full Story

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