India will help Pakistan to restore normalcy: Jaiswal

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Hyderabad, Dec 31 (UNI) Stating that the increasing terrorist activities and instability in the neighbouring countries have become a major concern for Indian security, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Sriprakash Jaiswal today said India would extend assistance to Pakistan to restore ''normalcy and democracy'' if that country sought its help.

Talking to newspersons here on the sidelines of the passing out parade of the 31st batch of Sub-Inspectors conducted by the National Industrial Security Academy (NISA) here, he said, ''The people of Pakistan have the responsibility to restore normalcy in their country. Peace and tranquility should be restored in Pakistan with the participation of people.'' ''Pakistan should take inspiration from the democracy flourishing in India, even as it has diverse culture and traditions. Pakistan is also a diverse country. But comparatively, Pakistan is less diverse, helping to bring peace in a short time,'' the Minister said.

Stating that external terrorist organisations had conspired to destabilise India by resorting to violent activities, Mr Jaiswal said, ''India has learnt lessons from the past and tried to curb the menace of terrorism. We would succeed in rooting out the terrorist outfits from the country.'' There was progress in the investigation of blasts that occurred in Hyderabad, Uttar Pradesh and other parts of the country, he said, adding that the intelligence agencies and RBI vigilant authorities were keeping an hawk's eye on the circulation and transportation of counterfeit currency from neighbouring countries.


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