Bring anti-terrorism law, Advani tells govt

via published on July 12, 2006

Mumbai, July 12: Leader of the Opposition L K Advani today said serial bomb blasts in suburban trains in Mumbai, have brought to the fore the need for an anti-terrorist law.

“The blasts show that the Government of Pakistan has not kept up its commitment to dismantle anti-India terrorist infrastructure on Pakistani soil,” Advani told reporters after visiting the injured at the Bhabha and KEM hospitals and Mahim railway station, one of the seven blast sites.

Refusing to criticise Maharashtra government directly, he said “this is a time when ‘raja’ and ‘praja’ must unitedly face the challenge before them.”

The senior BJP leader said it was the responsibility of the Central and Maharasthra governments to demolish the terrorist modules operating within.

About blasts themselves, he said they were far more well-coordinated than London metro blasts last year.

Referring to media reports about the alleged involvement of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), he said, “Its footprints and footprints of similar anti-national elements must be investigated and erased.” Just like the 9/11 attacks were not just an attack on New York, but the entire US, yesterday’s serial blasts in Mumbai were not just attack on the commercial capital but the entire nation, Advani added.

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