Nation should stand up against terror attacks: Army chief
Outraged by repeated attacks on Indian targets by Pakistan-based terror groups, Army Chief General Deepak Kapoor today said the time had come for the nation to say "no more" to any such incidents.india Updated: Nov 04, 2009 17:36 IST
Outraged by repeated attacks on Indian targets by Pakistan-based terror groups, Army Chief General Deepak Kapoor on Wednesday said the time had come for the nation to say "no more" to any such incidents.
"US has not allowed a second 9/11 to happen, Indonesia has not allowed a second Bali-bombing to happen. India has allowed people to get away after the Parliament attack, Delhi blasts and finally the 26/11 incident. The time for all of us has come to say no more," Kapoor said at a CII seminar on national security.
Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad and other Pakistan-based terror groups and that country's intelligence agency ISI have been accused of involvement in terror strikes in India.
The Army Chief said the country cannot afford to "witness the repeat" of a 26/11-type attack and stressed the need for creation of a nationwide architecture for sharing intelligence and security-related information.
Kapoor said the need for the civil society was to come together to tackle security threats as the South Asian region "was going to be under a constant and continuous threat of terrorism of asymmetric and fourth generation warfare".
Kapoor said the country needs to have a "conceived and conceptualised" security architecture at national level for improving security and the government should establish an information grid for the purpose.
He said the earmarking of responsibilities of all the Ministries, agencies and departments was also a "mandatory step" for country's security.
Kapoor said the armed forces had embarked on their modernisation drive and were planning to benefit from the emerging technologies (the IT sector) "to tackle both conventional and unconventional threats in a synergised and integrated manner".
The Army Chief asked the Indian industry to play a "responsible and important"role in improving national security.