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Pranab for zero tolerance against terrorism

india Updated: Sep 21, 2008 16:06 IST
Pranab for zero tolerance against terrorism

The international community must adopt zero tolerance towards acts of terrorism, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee said on Sunday.

Terming Saturday's suicide attack on 5-star Marriott hotel in Islamabad as a 'sad incident', Mukherjee told reporters here that India is always averse to acts of terror.

"India condemns such acts of destruction and terrorism in any country of the world," Mukherjee said.

Replying to a question, the minister said terrorist activities could not be stopped by framing laws.

Mukherjee took a dig at opposition parties which have criticised the Congress-led UPA government for allegedly being 'soft on terror' in the wake of the recent serial blasts in Bangalore, Ahmedabad and New Delhi.

He reminded critics that anti-terror laws such as POTA and TADA under the previous NDA regime, failed to contain terrorism.

He said that POTA in force during the NDA regime could not prevent the terrorist attack on Parliament in December 2001, nor could it prevent the attack on the Akshardham temple in Gujarat.

Instead, he said there was a need for uniting people against such acts of destruction and cowardice.