Manmohan Singh cautions defence commanders over deteriorating security in South Asia

      The Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, on Tuesday addressed senior defence commanders here in the wake of a deteriorating security scenario in the South Asian region, especially in neighbouring Pakistan and Afghanistan. Defence Minister A.K Antony, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram, External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna along with the Chiefs of the three Defence services attended the conference. Manmohan Singh is understood to have outlined India's immediate and medium-term defence policy with respect to China, Pakistan, Afghanistan and the internal security challenge posed by left wing extremism. India is battling a rapidly growing Maoist insurgency within the country, while tackling skirmishes in Jammu and Kashmir along the border with Pakistan. Rising terror attacks in Pakistan and the growing Taliban threat is also of grave concern to India's own security. On Oct.14, India urged China to stop building projects inside the Pakistan-ruled part of the disputed Kashmir region.

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