Describing the Mumbai attacks as an “invasion of India” launched from Pakistan, Leader of Opposition L K Advani on Friday demanded setting up of an inquiry commission at central level to determine what went wrong and suggest steps to prevent recurrence of such terror strikes.
Speaking on the Motion of Thanks to President’s address in the Lok Sabha, he also asked the government to share with the House the evidence given to Pakistan on 26/11, especially in the wake of release of Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Mohd Saeed apparently on the grounds of insufficient proof.
He also wanted the government to expedite the trial of Ajmal Kasab, the only terrorist arrested during 26/11 attacks.
Advani, who was reconciliatory towards government in his tone during the one-hour speech, appreciated the emphasis given to security in the President’s address.
He said terrorism was “proxy war” launched by Pakistan on India after its defeat in three open wars.
Referring to 26/11, he said it was not an ordinary terror strike but an “invasion of India” and “a kind of war”.
He disagreed with reported conclusions of Pradhan committee of Maharashtra government that the Mumbai attacks was a “failure” of the Centre only and there was no lapse on part of the state authorities.
“The Centre should set up a Commission of Inquiry to review the conclusions of Pradhan Committee... The country and Parliament should know what went wrong and where,” he said.