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Fighting Words from Indian Prime Minister

Wednesday, 22 May 2002 12:00 AM

In a speech to those troops on Wednesday, Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee told his soldiers to "work for victory."

Vajpayee said his country has run out of patience with Pakistan, whom he accuses of fighting a "proxy war" against India. He says Pakistan is training and arming Islamic militants, who then stir up trouble in Kashmir, a territory claimed by both India and Pakistan.

"Our neighbor has found a new way of fighting," Vajpayee was quoted as telling his troops. "They don't fight face-to-face any more. They don't have the courage to fight face-to-face. They are fighting a proxy war."

Vajpayee told his troops, "It's now time for a decisive fight." He said his visit to the troops on the front-line in Kashmir should be considered a "signal" that India is about to write a "new chapter of victory."

Tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbors escalated sharply after India accused Pakistan of sponsoring a terrorist attack against the Indian Parliament last December. There have been a number of attacks on Indian targets since then.

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