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Crush terrorism

Apropos of Prem Shankar Jha?s article Help him help us (July 14), it is preposterous to suggest that India should come forward to save the despot who masterminded the Kargil war.

india Updated: Jul 15, 2006 00:08 IST

Crush terrorism

Apropos of Prem Shankar Jha’s article Help him help us (July 14), it is preposterous to suggest that India should come forward to save the despot who masterminded the Kargil war. Our past gestures of relinquishing control over hard-won Hajipir or unconditional return of one lakh POWs after the 1965 and 1971 wars did not change Pakistan’s mindset. The war declared by hardliners against India continues unabated causing mayhem in Kashmir, Delhi, Varanasi and Mumbai. Only transfer of power to a democratically elected secular government in Pakistan can ensure peace in the region.

Lalit Ambardar
Delhi

Shut up

Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid Kasuri’s statement linking the Kashmir dispute to the terrorist attacks (Doublespeak, July 14) exposes Pakistan’s wholehearted support to cross-border terrorism. By encouraging such inhuman acts, the Pakistani leadership have proved once again that their country can never be trusted. Kashmir is an integral part of India and we are united in the face of terrorism.

Amit Bhandari
Delhi

Shameless politicians

One is amazed at UP Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav’s defence of SIMI when in fact the banned organisation operates all over the country under various covers (Mulayam soft on SIMI and its chief, July 14). It is enraging to see politicians engaging in vote bank politics instead of taking strict action against outfits whose motives are to spread terror. No mercy should be shown to those who take the lives of innocent people. Also, we should think seriously before opening up more points along the LoC.

Aparna Ramachandran
Delhi

II

Mulayam Yadav’s policy clearly shows that he is pandering to the minority community for the sake of votes. The central government should take a tough stand, otherwise we may have to witness more brutality in future.

Bal Govind
Bareilly

III

Mumbai has been suffering bomb blasts from time to time since 1993. Israel is also a democracy, where all political parties support the government against terror. But India has leaders like Mulayam Singh Yadav whose priority is the vote bank at the cost of innocent lives. It is the corruption prevalent in the police, the IB and among politicians that does not allow us to take decisive action against terrorists and their sympathisers.

Amarjeet Singh
Delhi

IV

At a time when the entire nation is mourning the blasts in Mumbai and Srinagar, Yadav has given a clean chit to SIMI, one of the suspect organisations. It seems our politicians have taken an oath to politicise every issue concerning the nation.

Jyoti Dwivedi
Kanpur

No threat to terror

Vikram Sood’s analysis is timely. Pakistan was built on anti-India feelings. Numerous goodwill gestures initiated by India have been cunningly exploited by Pakistan to its advantage. The blasts in Mumbai and Srinagar are the handiwork of Pakistani terrorists. The government should follow Israel’s policy towards terrorism — unless Pakistan’s military might is dented, Pak-sponsored terrorism against India will not let up.

PP Talwar
via e-mail

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Apropos of Sitaram Yechury’s article Trial by fire and Vikram Sood’s analysis (July 13), the UPA will just issue statements and then wait for the next terrorist attack. Yechury cleverly blamed the RSS and the BJP and also comments on the UPA government’s policies vis-a-vis Iran and the US. Can Yechury dare tell the UPA government to stop Pakistan from helping terrorists or else his party will withdraw its support?

RP Pareek
via e-mail

III

AG Noorani in Window of hope (July 11) appears to imply that the solution to Kashmir is stalled because of inadequate response from India to various ideas offered by Musharraf. But can any lasting solution be conceived in the face of senseless terror sponsored from across the border. The least Musharraf can do as ‘declaration of sincerity of intent’ is to dismantle the terror factories in Pakistan.

NK Shinghal
via e-mail

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The blasts have once again proved that the ‘war against terror’ is just an illusion, terrorists are still inflicting inhuman attacks around the world. There
is need for a global offensive against terrorism.

Rohit Khattar
Delhi

Close terror shops

I agree with Vikram Sood’s assessment Enough is enough (July 13) that the Pakistani army will not refrain from terrorism unless it begins to pay a price. It’s time India learnt from Israel. Israel destroys terrorists’ homes. The least India can do is bomb terrorist camps in PoK. The nuclear threat must not refrain us from this — how long are we going to be a soft State?

PS Kandhal
Jaipur

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