Pakistan, epicenter of terrorism: A K Antony

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A K Antony
New Delhi, Feb 3: Defining Pakistan as the 'epicenter of terrorism' Defense Minister A K Antony on Tuesday, Feb 3 said that international community need to act decisively to get rid of terrorism.

"There is equally an onus on the international community to act. This Frankenstein is now a threat to democracy, stability and peace in Afghanistan and to Pakistan itself. The international community needs to act decisively and in concert to get rid of this scourge."

"We sincerely hope that this approach would be the way ahead. As a victim of terrorism, we must remain committed to safeguarding the lives of our nationals and to taking all the necessary steps to enhance and safeguard our security," Defence Minister A K Antony said on Tuesday, Feb 3.

He was speaking at the inauguration of the 11th Asian Security Conference on 'The Changing Face of Conflict and Evolving Strategies in Asia' organised by the Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses.

Antony said the prospects of inter-state armed conflicts were indeed declining but India and the Asian continent continued to face the challenge of terrorism. "Pakistan has become the epicentre of international terrorism."

He also mentioned that India has been an victim of such scourges in the past remembering the Mumbai terror attacks and other blasts in the country. Afghanistan has a victim of similar acts as indeed have been other countries, he added.

OneIndia News (With inputs from Agencies)

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