PM banks on old friend Russia to lean on Pakistan
Shortly before his visit to Russia, PM Manmohan Singh on Friday expressed hope that Russia would use its influence to convince Twitter Facebook Share Email Print Save Comment Pakistan that the strategy of using terror as an instrument of state policy was counter-productive and ran counter to the policy of good neighbourliness. In an interview to the Russian media, Singh said Moscow had been a great friend of India and "stood by us through very difficult times''. "We also believe that Russia being a great power can influence the conduct of Pakistan. Our hope is that Russia's influence will be utilised to convince Pakistan. On our part, if Pakistan territory ceases to be used by terrorists, we see immense opportunities for our two countries to work together in cooperation,'' the PM said.

LeT South India chief to be brought to B'lore
The Indian Mujahideen masterminds and the LeT duo - Nazeer and Shafas - responsible for the Bangalore blast have been handed over to the Bangalore police in Shillong. The duo was produced in a Shillong court following which they were handed over to the Bangalore police. Both Nazeer and Shafas will be taken to Banglaore later today. According to police sources, Nazeer and Shafas admitted to plotting and orchestrating the Bangalore serial blasts in July 2008. However, they have denied responsibility for the 2005 attack on the Indian Institute of Sciences that killed an IIT professor. Both Nazeer and Shafas are suspected to be invovled in a number of attacks across 4 states including Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Karnataka. The duo was arrested from the Indo-Bangladesh border by Meghalaya Police. Nazir is a resident of Kerala. He told interrogators of Meghalaya Police that he had planted bombs on July 2008 in Bangalore. He is primarily a bomb expert and recruiter for the LeT in Kerala. He is also suspected to be involved in the assasination of former Kerala chief minister E K Nayanar and is also thought to be the mastermind behind the Indian Mujahideen. The other LeT operative Siraj Shamshudeen Shafaas has also been implicated in orchestrating the Bangalore blasts. The 33 year old is also suspected to be behind recruitment of Kerala youths for the LeT. According to police sources, Shafas confessed to having sent at least 5 youths to Pakistan for training. Shafas is also suspected to have organised meetings for the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) through Kerala.

PM banks on old friend Russia to lean on Pakistan
PM banks on old friend Russia to lean on Pakistan


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