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Pak masterminded attack: Vajpayee
Hints at action in occupied Kashmir
Subhrangshu Gupta

Kolkata, December 15
Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee today warned Pakistan of dire consequences if “it does not immediately stop sending terrorists to India for destabilising the country’s democracy”.

Mr Vajpayee accused Pakistan of masterminding the December 13 terrorist attack in Parliament, adding that they had specific evidences in hand for making such accusation. He said time had come that we all should stand united and “fight back terrorists to the finish.”

The Prime Minister was delivering the convocation-address at Tagore’s Viswa Bharati at Santiniketan, some 159 km from Kolkata in the morning.

Addressing the convocation, Prime Minister lashed out at Pakistan for “encouraging and abetting cross-border terrorism”. He alleged that the schools and madrasas in Pakistan had been now turned into factories of training the terrorists which the military ruler President Pervez Musharraf was promoting.

“This neighbouring country had been engaged in promoting terrorism for destroying our democracy and the same militant group which had attacked WTC and Pentagon on September 11, had been behind the ugly and cowardly attack of December 13 in Parliament, causing death to 12 persons and injuring 25 others”, he alleged. Mr Vajpayee, was, however, confident that India would strike back to foil all the attempts by the terrorists to destabilise the country’s democracy.

Mr Vajpayee indicated that the government might take appropriate steps in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) if the neighbouring country did not stop encouraging terrorists.

“The sponsors of these terrorists are destined to doom and we have the power to take up the challenges posed by the neighbouring country,” Mr Vajpayee said.

“A neighbouring country is inspiring these terrorists and we will not only wipe out terrorism but also expose the neighbour,” he said.

He however, called for greater understanding among the nations to root out terrorism and said September 11 had changed the situation with the mobilisation of virtually the entire world against terrorism.

“It is shocking that its (terrorism’s) promoters in our neighbourhood had turned even some schools meant for religious education into factories of terror,” Vajpayee said.

Mr Vajpayee, who dwelt at length on the issue, regretted that attempts were being made to justify acts of terrorism in the name of religion, although “no religion sanctioned hatred and violence”.

In this context, Mr Vajpayee referred to the dastardly terrorist attack on Parliament on December 13 and warned those behind it saying that India could not be cowed down.

Referring to religious fundamentalism, Mr Vajpayee likened the December 13 attack on Parliament to the September 11 terrorist strikes in the USA.

Pointing out that misconceived advocacy of sectional interests had even resulted in hatred and violence of the most horrendous kind, Vajpayee said, it had even been made into a matter of state policy by some regimes.

“This is what the world has been witnessing in recent times in the form of terrorism”.

Mr Vajpayee called for a multi-frontal strategy to counter terrorism saying “the phenomenon of terrorism has many dimensions, just as the strategy to counter it will have to be implemented across many fronts.

“However, the one aspect that I would like to touch upon, is the contribution of education — or rather, the lack of true education. Before the terrorists’ hands are trained to kill, their minds are trained to hate”.

Asserting that Tagore had affirmed the innate relationship between ‘siksha’ and ‘shanti’, Mr Vajpayee said the cult of inculcating terrorism through education was diametrically opposite to Rabindranath’s nobel vision of education. 
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PM for political consensus to combat terrorism
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 15
Terming the December 13 attack on Parliament as a well-orchestrated one, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee has said Pakistan had “uniformally repaid our peaceful overtures with hostility.”

Calling for a “national resolve” based on political consensus to combat the challenge posed by terrorism, Mr Vajpayee said the attack on Parliament was not “an isolated event.”

He was speaking at the 10th anniversary celebrations of the Delhi edition of The Pioneer here last night here.

Mr Vajpayee asked if this was the right time — when the country was facing cross-border terrorism and internal sabotage — to raise issue like the state of security in Parliament House. He said there was need for the media and the Opposition to ponder over the question.

Apart from Mr Vajpayee, who delivered the keynote address on India’s role in the new world order, others who spoke included Union Home Minister L.K. Advani and former Punjab police chief K.P.S. Gill.
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