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Strong condemnation in India

Political parties decry the hanging of Saddam, saying that it marks the beginning of a "more serious and bigger problem" in trouble torn Iraq.

india Updated: Dec 30, 2006 11:08 IST

Political parties in the country on Saturday strongly condemned the hanging of ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, saying that it marks the beginning of a "more serious and bigger problem" in the trouble torn West Asian nation.

In a strong reaction, Congress said the execution was not the solution to the problem and expressed fear that it "will be the beginning of a bigger and "more serious and bigger problem" in that country.

Party Spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said the development showed those holding powers in Iraq now have failed to win over the hearts and minds of ordinary citizens.

Peace, justice and internal harmony could not be achieved by "imposed victor's justice", Singhvi said.

Reacting angrily to the execution, senior CPI(M) leader Nilotpal Basu said, "this urgency in executing Saddam is very suspect".

Basu said the execution should be condemned in the strongest possible language and that his party feared that it would have an adverse impact not only in Iraq but also in other parts of the world.

Terming the execution "barbaric", CPI National Secretary D Raja also echoed other leaders' view and said, "trial was a farce and the verdict to hang Saddam a judicial assault as the country was on under US-British the occupation."

Former External Affairs Minister K Natwar Singh said tension in West Asia would increase with the execution.

"With this, the deterrence will increase, tension will increase. It will have a very adverse impact on the region for decades to come," he said.

First Published: Dec 30, 2006 11:08 IST