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Dy PM Advani not sure of Iraq war outcome

While modern equipments, trained personnel and professionalism were crucial, victory in war went to the side that followed truth, Advani said.

india Updated: Mar 31, 2003 14:37 IST

In a veiledcriticism of the US attack on Iraq, India on Mondaycharged Washington with not having truth on its side and expressed scepticism over the outcome of the war.

Without directly referring to the ongoing war, Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani said: "Some countries having the most sophisticated equipment think they can win a war in one or two weeks but if truth is not with them, the conflict could be prolonged and one never knows what would be the consequence."

India has chosen a "middle path" on the Iraq invasion issue and has been only mildly critical of the US action saying it is "unjustified".

While modern equipments, trained personnel and professionalism were crucial, victory in war went to the side that followed 'Satya' (truth) and 'Dharma' (righteousness), he said addressing the 40th anniversary parade of the Special Services Bureau at Ghitorni on the Delhi-Haryana border.

"The Mahabharata and Ramayana show us that victory belongs to whoever is on the right path," Advani said.

The Deputy Prime Minister said India has won all the wars it had fought against Pakistan as "truth was on our side."

First Published: Mar 31, 2003 12:37 IST