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India should have attacked Pakistan after 2001 Parliament strike: RK Singh

india Updated: Oct 10, 2016 16:33 IST
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Policemen stand guard outside the Parliament building in New Delhi on December 13, 2001. (Reuters Photo)

Bharatiya Janata Party leader and former home secretary RK Singh said on Monday India should have attacked Pakistan after the December 13, 2001 terror strike on Parliament.

“After the Parliament attack, we had mobilised troops, but did not act. We should have attacked Pakistan, as it was an act of war,” he said.

Responding to the reports that the Jaish-e Mohammed may attack Parliament, the former home secretary said, “Just want to convey to them that this will be crossing of ‘red line’.”

Indian intelligence agencies have received reports about Jaish-e-Mohammad’s (JeM) plans to execute a 2001 style attack on Parliament to avenge the Indian Army’s surgical strikes along the Line of Control (LoC), reported by a leading daily.

JeM may also target Delhi Secretariat, Akshardham and Lotus Temple, the report added.

According to the report, Pakistan’s intelligence agency Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI) has given a free hand to JeM to avenge the surgical strikes by the Indian Army.

On September 18, four heavily armed JeM militants had stormed a battalion headquarters of the army in north Kashmir’s Uri town in the wee hours, killing 19 soldiers and injuring 19.

In retaliation, seven terror launch pads across the LoC were targeted by the Indian Army on the night of 28 September in a nearly five-hour-long operation.