Parliament condemns Mumbai terror attacks with one voice; Pranab Mukherjee: Kashmir issue has no link to terror in India
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  • Parliament condemned the Mumbai terror attacks and expressed the country’s resolve and willingness to forge new instruments and capabilities to defeat the terrorists’ designs. A day-long debate on December 11 in the two Houses saw members articulating the nation’s anger over the attacks, with calls made for strident “action” against terrorists and their sponsors. At the end of the debate, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh moved a resolution unequivocally condemned the attacks which sought to destroy the values that India stood for. Dr. Singh declared the government’s resolve to review the circumstances leading to the attacks and to take further measures as may be necessary to safeguard the country’s national security1.

    External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee also slammed Pakistan for linking the Mumbai attacks to the non-resolution of the Kashmir issue and called on Pakistan to take “serious” action to completely dismantle terror infrastructure and end infiltration. Mr. Mukherjee raised doubts about Pakistan’s sincerity in curbing activities of terror groups operating from its soil. Noting that India had repeatedly given Pakistan a list of 40 terrorists, including Dawood Ibrahim, with a demand that they be handed over, the EAM expressed the hope that Islamabad would respond positively. He asked Pakistan to come out of the “denial mode” on existence of terrorists, including ‘non-state actors’, who operate from the confines of that country. Rubbishing efforts by Pakistan to link the terror strikes to the non-resolution of Kashmir issue, Mukherjee asserted that such a "straight jacket simple formula" will not help solve the problem as the series of attacks in India are part of global terrorism2.

    Earlier on December 2, India demanded the handing over of LeT chief Hafiz Mohammad and other fugitives in Pakistan. New Delhi also handed over a list of 20 terrorists, including Lashkar-e-Toiba chief Hafiz Mohammad and Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar besides Dawood Ibrahim3. However, Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari rejected India’s demand to hand over LeT chief Hafiz Mohd Sayeed and other fugitives and told CNN that they would be tried in Pakistani courts4.

    In other developments, PM Dr. Singh on November 30 stated that the government had decided to set up a Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), strengthen air and maritime security as well as create four National Security Guard (NSG) hubs in various parts of the country5.

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