Terror no answer to problems: PM
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
Kabul, May 13: Denouncing terrorism and extremism, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Friday said such ideologies provide no answers to problems of the people and their flames should not be allowed to be fanned once again.
Addressing a joint session of the Afghan Parliament, Singh said the aspirations of the region for growth and prosperity cannot be realised unless there is peace and tranquillity that would allow people to live and work in honour and dignity.
"The people of this region have lived together for centuries. This is our region and we have to survive together and flourish together," Singh said as he wound up his two-day visit to Afghanistan which came after a gap of six years.
Referring to the pain and suffering of Afghan people, he said: "terrorism and extremism are alien ideas to our people. They bring only death and destruction in their wake. They provide no answers to the problems of poverty, illiteracy, hunger and disease."
Asserting that such ideologies have no place in a civilised society, Singh said, "eventually, our centuries old traditions of peaceful co-existence, of living in peace and harmony with each other and with nature will prevail over these deviant ideologies."
In his 25-minute speech to some 350 Afghan MPs, he emphasised "we cannot and must not allow the flames of extremism and terrorism to be fanned once again."
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