India Vows To Crush Terror -
Cites No Change In Kashmir
By Sanjeev Miglani

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee vowed on Sunday to crush terrorism, saying there had been no change on the ground in rebellion-torn Kashmir despite Pakistan's promise to crack down on Islamic militants.
His comments came as police in Indian-ruled Kashmir reported attacks from suspected Muslim militants and an exchange of fire between Indian and Pakistani forces.
Vajpayee, who has ordered the biggest military build-up in decades along the border with Pakistan, said terrorism directed against India will not be tolerated.
``To make us a target of terrorism, and we do not give an appropriate response, that is not possible,'' he said, a day after Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf had called for talks between the two countries to end their military standoff.
``We will uproot terrorism from our soil,'' Vajpayee said in a speech to the National Cadet Corps, where school students are given basic military training.
India, incensed by an attack on its parliament last month which it blamed on Pakistan-based guerrillas, has said Islamabad must cut off support to rebels fighting its rule in Kashmir before a de-escalation could take place on the border.
The two countries have fought two of their three wars since independence in 1947 over the disputed region.
``We are faced with the challenge of terrorism from outside, and from within the country, we have to defend our internal security, we have to make our borders inviolable,'' Vajpayee said.
India's hard-line Home (interior) Minister Lal Krishna Advani said he had not seen any change in Kashmir since Musharraf's landmark speech on January 12 denouncing terrorism in all its forms.
``It has been 15 days now, we have not seen any evidence on the ground so far as India is concerned and so far as Jammu and Kashmir is concerned,'' he told Star Television network.
Musharraf, greeting Vajpayee on India's Republic Day anniversary on Saturday, said Pakistan was ready to begin a serious and sustained dialogue with its giant neighbor to defuse tensions along their border, stretching from Kashmir to the Arabian Sea.
Police in Indian-ruled Jammu and Kashmir said five security personnel were wounded when suspected Muslim militants attacked an Indian paramilitary camp.
In a separate attack, rebels raided a policeman's house in the territory, killing his wife and son, they said.
The police said a civilian was killed when Pakistani forces fired on Indian posts on the international border in the Ramgarh sector, 40 miles from Jammu, the winter capital of Indian-ruled Kashmir.
In another incident, they said four people, including two Indian soldiers, were injured by mortar and machine gun fire from Pakistan's troops in the Nowshahra sector, 110 miles from Jammu.
The Indian and Pakistani armies exchange mortar and small arms fire almost daily in Kashmir.
New Delhi has specifically demanded that Islamabad make good its promise to crack down on Islamic militancy by closing off the routes along which guerrillas enter Kashmir from Pakistan and hand over 20 men it accuses of carrying out terrorists acts.
``Handing over of those 20 would be an instant thing, that's not been done, not only not been done, there have been a number of contradictory statements,'' Advani said.
Pakistan has detained hundreds of religious extremists, shut down their offices and denounced terrorism in all its forms. It has said it will not return any Pakistani nationals sought by India but has been less adamant about the Indians on the list.
The Times of India reported on Sunday that guerrilla activity on the military control line dividing Kashmir between the two nuclear rivals had gone up in January compared with same month in the last two years.
There was no reported infiltration of militants into India's side of Kashmir in January 2000 and 2001, but 14 guerrillas had died in the current while trying to cross from Pakistan.
The newspaper did not give figures on whether there had been any change in infiltration patterns in Kashmir since Musharraf's speech this month in which he banned five Islamic groups, including two operating in Kashmir.
More than 30,000 people have died since a revolt erupted in Muslim-majority Kashmir in late 1989. Separatists put the toll closer to 80,000.
India controls about 45 percent of Kashmir, Pakistan holds just over a third and China the rest.

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