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PM rejects calls for re-enactment of POTA

Rejecting the BJP demand for bringing back POTA in the wake of Jaipur blasts, Manmohan Singh said, "there is no co-relation between POTA and terrorist strikes."

india Updated: May 15, 2008 09:50 IST


Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday rejected BJP's demand for re-enactment of POTA in the aftermath of the Jaipur blasts and said India would raise the issue of terrorism at the forthcoming Indo-Pak Foreign Ministers meeting.

"All issues which have a bearing on our relations will come up at the meeting," Singh said in reply to spate of questions on the Jaipur blasts and who was behind them.

Rejecting the BJP demand for bringing back POTA, he said "there is no co-relation between POTA and terrorist strikes."

Wondering "what has POTA achieved", Singh said the attack on Parliament and Akshardham temple took place when POTA was in force. "There is no dearth of law in the country to deal with terrorism", he added.

As far as terrorists were concerned, Singh said they acted in surprise. But he said the government would explore all possibilities, including intelligence inputs, to arrest those behind the dastardly acts.

But the Prime Minister said there were "elements" which did not want peace and normalisation of relations between India and Pakistan.

On Jaipur blasts, he said it was a "nefarious" design to create communal discord in the country and his government would not allow this to succeed.

Asked whether terrorism would figure during External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee's meeting with his Pakistani counterpart this month, he said all issues which have a bearing on relations between the two countries would come up.