Monday, January 19, 2015

Ensure no terror incident during Obama visit to India: US to Pakistan

The US has asked Pakistan to ensure that there is no cross-border terror incident during the trip and hinted of consequences if any such attack is traced back to the country.

NEW DELHI: With less than a week left for US President Barack Obama's visit to India to attend the Republic Day parade, the US has asked Pakistan to ensure that there is no cross-border terror incident during the trip and hinted of consequences if any such attack is traced back to the country, PTI reported.

The warning has been issued keeping in mind the record of Pakistan-based terror groups that have regularly carried out terror strikes coinciding with visits of high-profile dignitaries to India from the US.

Meanwhile, the India government said it will do everything to ensure his convenience and to make it a visit that he 'will cherish for a long, long time'.

"President Obama is an honoured guest in India and we will do everything that ensures his convenience. This is an honour that we have extended to the head of state of one of our mostly friendly partners," External affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said at a briefing here.

"So, we will do everything that is possible to ensure his stay here is comfortable, is something that he will cherish for a long, long time," he said.

Obama and his wife Michelle Obama arrive in India Jan 25 for a three-day visit that would see the US president hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

On Jan 26, he would attend the Republic Day parade as the chief guest and in the evening the At Home reception hosted by President Pranab Mukherjee.

He is likely to address a town-hall style meeting in an educational institution.

President Obama and Michelle Obama would fly down to Agra the following day for a visit to the Taj Mahal before flying out of India.

A high alert has been sounded in Agra ahead of the visit of the US President Barack Obama Jan 27, officials said Saturday.

Special officials and personnel of the local intelligence unit (LIU) have been asked to step up vigil and stay in coordination with the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and other intelligence wings, a home department official told IANS.

Security deployment has been increased at the railway stations - Raja Mandi, Fort and Cantonment - and bus stations in the city.

The security has also been enhanced following a letter threatening a terror attack "somewhere" on the Yamuna Expressway, which connects Agra with New Delhi.

Special security personnel and sharp shooters would be positioned on vantage and high-positions, officials informed IANS. (Agencies)

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