Demanding the re-enactment of POTA to check a surge in terrorism, senior BJP leader LK Advani on Sunday asked the Centre to secure support during the G-8 summit for India's war on terror and to exert pressure on Pakistan to prevent terrorist activities from its soil.
"Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should try to secure maximum possible support at the G-8 summit for India's war on terror," Advani said while addressing an anti-terrorism rally in Bhopal.
Later, BJP leaders submitted a memorandum to the President through Governor Balram Jakhar, condemning the recent Mumbai blasts.
"The world community must exert pressure on Pakistan to fulfil its commitment of not allowing any anti-India terrorist activity from its soil made during the signing of the joint agreement with India in January 2004," Advani said.
Accusing Pakistan of failing to dismantle terrorist infrastructure, he claimed to have told its President Pervez Musharraf last year that unless this is done, there cannot be real progress in normalisation ties between the two countries.
"Pakistan can't ignore the US or the UK. But it can take lightly the UPA government - troubled by its allies like the Left threatening to bring it down," he claimed, asking Manmohan Singh to "let the people decide about UPA's fate" if he feels that he cannot deal with terrorism and secure the common man.
Accusing the government of behaving in a manner as if terrorism did not exist though it had claimed over 60,000 lives till date, Advani said, "The first thing it did was to scrap the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA). We demand it to be re-enacted."