India for impetus to peace process with Pakistan

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New Delhi, Apr 21 (UNI) India today said it wanted to take further the ongoing peace process with Pakistan, but at the same time called for maintaining ''eternal vigil'' on all fronts.

''We want to take peace process with Pakistan further, but at the same time we must maintain eternal vigil on all fronts,'' Defence Minister A K Antony said while inaugurating the biannual Air Force Commanders Conference here.

India wishes to create an atmosphere of trust and confidence, free from violence and terror, in its bilateral relations with all the neighbouring countries, he added.

''We are working on confidence building measures towards this objective. We continue to support the process to help Afghanistan emerge as a stable democratic state.'' Giving a broad overview of changing security dimensions across the globe, Mr Antony said geopolitics and strategic objectives of nations were increasingly being power driven by economic interests.

''With latest technological advancements fuelling military capabilities, the type and level of future conflicts is rapidly changing from overt to covert warfare,'' he added.

In the present strategic environment, the Defence Minister said the term security had assumed a far greater criticality in the realm of trade and energy than ever before.

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