India under increased security threat, cautions PM

May 1st, 2009 - 10:42 pm ICT by IANS  

Manmohan Singh Dumurjala (West Bengal), May 1 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Friday warned about the deterioration in peace and stability in India’s neighbourhood and said the security threat to the country had increased.
“In the entire area in our periphery, peace and stability has deteriorated. For this, the threats to our security have increased,” he said at a poll rally here.

Calling for coordination among the states and also with countries to combat the menace of terrorism, the prime minister said: “We are taking all steps to face up to the challenge of terrorism.”

He said the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government has revamped the security system and the intelligence agencies. “This is continuing. We will face the problem of terrorism through our efforts and not through big claims.”

“There is need for coordinated efforts among the states and also with other nations. On various issues concerning terror, diplomatic help has to be taken. We will meet the challenge as we did after the Mumbai attacks,” Manmohan said.

The prime minister said only a strong and stable central government could tackle the problem and claimed only the Congress could give such a regime.

“Just as we understand the economic issues well, similarly we have the ability to fight terrorism,” Singh said.

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