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India vigilant on security front: PM

Author: Special Correspondent
Publication: The Hindu
Date: December 16, 2015
URL: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Kochi/india-vigilant-on-security-front-says-modi-in-kochi/article7993343.ece?w=alauto

Mr. Modi said India would test Pakistan’s intentions to define the path ahead.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made it clear that while India is committed to engaging Pakistan in high-level dialogue in order to bring stability and peace in the region, it will “continue to judge the progress on their commitments on terrorism” and will not lower its guard on the security front.

“We are engaging Pakistan to try and turn the course of history, bring an end to terrorism, build peaceful relations, advance cooperation and promote stability and prosperity in our region. There are many challenges and barriers on the path. But, the effort is worth it…,” he said while addressing the Combined Commanders’ Conference held for the first time outside Delhi, on board the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya on the seas off Kochi on Tuesday.

Mr. Modi said India would test Pakistan’s intentions to define the path ahead. “For this, we have started a new NSA-level dialogue to bring security experts face to face with each other.”

India was pursing closer ties with China to harness the full potential of the mutual economic partnership. Earlier, Mr. Modi said India was a difficult neighbourhood with a full spectrum of security challenges. “We see terrorism and ceasefire violations; reckless nuclear build-up and threats; border transgressions; and, continuing military modernisation and expansion. The shadow of West Asian instability is becoming longer.”

The region, he said, was marked by uncertain political transitions, weak institutions and internal conflicts. Mr. Modi said his government had infused a new intensity and purpose in India’s foreign policy.

Citing threats emanating from the cyber and space domains as emerging challenges spawned by technological advancements and economic changes, he said India possessed the know-how and wherewithal to tackle security challenges.

From aboard the Vikramaditya, he witnessed a naval operational demonstration involving the aircraft carrier INS Viraat and nuclear submarine INS Chakra, frontline warships and aircraft.
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