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Pranab to LS: Lashkar plans critical strikes

He says intelligence inputs also indicate the possibility of a nuclear installation being considered for strike.

india Updated: Jul 31, 2006 21:32 IST

Pakistan-based terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba is planning to carry out some strikes on critical infrastructure, military targets and religious places, Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee informed the Lok Sabha on Monday.

"It has been evident for some time now that the scope of such terrorist activities is on the increase," he said responding to concerns voiced by BJP deputy leader VK Malhotra.

Information with security agencies also indicate the possibility of a nuclear installation being considered for strike by the LeT module, he said.

"A series of special security measures have already been taken, and some are under consideration to prevent any such attempts from succeeding," he said.

Raising the issue during Zero Hour, Malhotra referred to remarks made in a television interview by National Security Adviser MK Narayanan that one of the atomic energy installations was under LeT threat.

He wanted to know whether the Prime Minister was aware of such threats. "It is a very serious matter," he said.

Leader of Opposition LK Advani said this was not a small matter and sought a government response from the prime minister.