SENIOR BHARATIYA Janata Party (BJP) leader and former HRD Minister Murli Manohar Joshi said here on Saturday that since the Al-Qaeda was trying to set up its base in the country, it was high time that India should make serious efforts at the international level so that Pakistan might be declared a terrorist state.
The involvement of the people of Pakistani origin in the blasts that rocked Britain and air terror plot that was timely foiled clearly indicated that Pakistan was abetting terrorism, he said.
Addressing media persons, he said that the Government of India, during the on-going talks with Pakistan, should send a clear message that India was ready to deal with terrorism with an iron hand.
Pakistan’s hand in abetting terrorism was established when the foreign minister of that country had gone to the extent of saying that terrorism would continue as long as the solution to Kashmir problem was not found, he added
He said that terrorism was no more confined to Kashmir and a few pockets of the country but it spread its tentacles to the north east, too. “ISI has started using Bangladesh for terrorist activities in India and terrorism is now a part of Pakistani foreign policy which aims to attack economic and technological base of the country,” he added.
The Mumbai blasts were carried out with an intention to cripple India economically and attack on Banglore was meant to destroy the technological hub of the country, he added.
He said, “Now, they are reported to have planned an attack on the Taj. All this gives us enough reasons to believe that terrorism is being spearheaded in opposition to India.”
He criticised the role of some political parties who were trying to consolidate their vote bank in the backdrop of terrorism.
“India is the only one country in the world which has a secular fabric, free judiciary , free press and open economy. Terrorism aims at hitting out at all these institutions,” he added.