Backing the surgical strikes launched by Indian Army on terrorist training camps in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), the Vice President of European Parliament, Ryszard Czarnecki, said India’s cross border action against the terrorists should be “commended and supported by the international community.”
In a signed article that has been published in EP Today, EP Vice President Czarnecki praised the Indian government and the Indian Army for its professional approach to a situation that was becoming graver by the day.
Czarnecki said: “The message that came out was loud and clear – that India would no longer allow Pakistan to fuel cross-border terrorism.”
“This proactive operation, carried out on Pak-controlled territory, was probably a first by India, and was a response to the two attacks by terror groups on Indian defence establishments earlier this year – the Pathankot Air base in January and the Uri Army camp in September. Both these establishments are located near the Indian border with Pakistan, and the attacks were carried out by Pak-based terror groups who had sneaked across the border into India,” the vice-president added.
“India has clearly indicated that these attacks were not against the Pakistani state, but focussed against terror groups that threatened peace and stability in the region. India deserves global support in its fight against terror emanating from Pakistan, for, if left unchecked, these individuals and groups would be attacking Europe and the West, soon,” Czarnecki said.
Czarnecki also said that it is also important for the European Union to maintain pressure on Pakistan to eliminate the terror networks that operate within its borders.
“The time has come for the world to act decisively against terrorism and ensure that no terror group is assured of a secure haven in any part of the world,” he added.
Broad-basing his argument that no country should be allowed to give a safe haven to terrorists, Czarnecki claimed that the Europeran Union has been a major victim of terrorist strikes over the last few years, and warned that it could continue to face such threats from jihadist groups and individuals, in the near future in an increasing manner.