U.K., France against ‘double standards’ in fight against terror

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon with French President Nicolas Sarkozy (centre) and Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen (left) arrives for a special session of talks on climate change at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting (CHOGM) in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, Friday, Nov. 27, 2009. Photo: AP  

Britain and France on Friday joined India in making it clear that there should be no “double standards” in the fight against terrorism, a view that can be seen in the context of Pakistan.

The three countries also highlighted the need to bring to justice the perpetrators of Mumbai attacks and “vigorous efforts” to deal with terrorism emanating from Afghanistan and Pakistan, as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh held separate meetings with French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Premier Gordon Brown here.

During the meetings on the sidelines of Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), the situation in Afghanistan-Pakistan region was also discussed.

“There was convergence of views that there should be no double standards in fighting terrorism,” External Affairs Ministry spokesman Vishnu Prakash told reporters while briefing on Dr. Singh’s meetings.

He did not elaborate but the view is an endorsement of India’s stand that Pakistan should not be selective while fighting terrorism.

India says that while Pakistan has gone all out in its fight against Taliban, it is turning a blind eye to groups like Lashkar-e Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad, which continue to target India.

During the course of discussions, the leaders agreed on the need for international community to stay the course in Afghanistan for the security and stability of that country and peace elsewhere.

Dr. Singh has already warned that Taliban and the ideology it propagates have to be defeated, failing which the consequences would be “catastrophic” for the world.

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