European Parliament VP lauds India's surgical strikes
Ryszard Czarnecki (third from right) also said militant group's close proximity with Pakistan gives them 'de facto patronage' in the state. Photograph: (AFP)
The European Parliament's vice-president has lauded India's "proactive operation" against militants in India-administered Kashmir on Tuesday, Indian news agency PTI reported.
Vice president Ryszard Czarnecki has been quoted as saying: "India's cross-border action against terrorists on its borders with Pakistan should be commended and supported by the international community. India has clearly indicated that these attacks were not against the Pakistani state, but focused against terror groups that threatened peace and stability in the region."
Czarnecki's comments were published in the European Parliament's monthly magazine where he praised India's decision and called on the European Union to continue to put pressure on Pakistan to get rid of terror outfits from 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 said.
"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. It is also important for the European Union to maintain pressure on Pakistan to eliminate the terror networks that operate within its borders," the Press Trust of India quoted him saying.
Czarnecki's further added that the surgical strikes carried out were " probably a first by India", a retaliation after militants attacked an Indian army base in Uri, close to the Line of Control.
"We have witnessed the alarming growth of Pak-linked terror modules in Europe and other parts of the world. The close proximity between the Pak security establishment and terror groups has also given rise to a situation where organisations propagating Islamic militancy in Pakistan enjoy de facto state patronage," Czarnecki said.
(WION with inputs from PTI)