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Leaders condemn Samjhauta Express blast

The President, PM, LK Speaker, Congress President and all political and non-political organisations condemned the blast, reports Saroj Nagi.

india Updated: Feb 20, 2007 00:08 IST
Saroj Nagi

President APJ Abdul Kalam, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee, Congress President Sonia Gandhi, leaders of political parties and non political organisations strongly condemned the ghastly killing of passengers of the Samjhauta Express.

But in an indication that the BJP would put the Government on the mat on the issue in Parliament, the main Opposition said that the incident showedthe UPA's "complete failure" to tackle terror.

"Culprits will be caught," assured the PM in a statement after the incident. Sonia described the blasts as "barbaric acts of violence" and appealed to the people in India and Pakistan "to stand up firmly against such enemies of humanity."

On his part, LK Advani, BJP's Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha, alleged that the UPA government's approach "lacks a concerted policy to tackle terrorists."

He said that the Centre should adopt "zero tolerance" against terrorism. BJP President Rajnath Singh demanded an anti-terror bill in Parliament.

In a statement, the CPM said that the blast was the "handiwork" of forces intent on derailing the Indo-Pak peace process, coming as it did ahead of Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmood Kasuri's visit to New Delhi. It called on the Centre to uncover the conspiracy that led to the tragedy and provide treatment and adequate compensation to the victims. The CPI, the RSP and the Forward Bloc came up with similar demands.

Organisations like the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India said that any attempt to thwart efforts made to create a congenial atmosphere on the borders should be dealt with seriously.

The All India Democratic Women's Associationcalled on all democratic minded people of both India and Pakistan to meet the challenge unitedly to defeat the disruptive agenda ofthe terrorists.

First Published: Feb 19, 2007 22:17 IST