BJP, Left question efficacy of govt`s intel machinery

Last Updated: Sunday, February 14, 2010 - 17:25

New Delhi: BJP and the Left parties on Sunday
raised questions on the efficacy of the government`s
intelligence-gathering machinery and said it was imperative
that lapses be identified and rectified to prevent terror
attacks like the Pune blast.

Under attack from the opposition in the wake of the first
major terror strike after the 26/11 carnage, Congress said,
"nobody should try to play politics with people`s misery. The
country should face the challenge of terror unitedly."

Rejecting Home Minister P Chidambaram`s claim that the
blast was not a result of an intelligence failure, BJP said
government "must seriously introspect whether our intelligence
collection and security responses are still inadequate."

The main opposition also asked the government not to go
ahead with "misconceived and adventurist steps" like resuming
dialogue with Pakistan and rehabilitating militants who wish
to return from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

"Terror and talks cannot co-exist. When terror threatens
India, `not talking` is a legitimate diplomatic option,"
Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley said.

Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray blamed Chief Minister
Ashok Chavan`s "ignorant politics" for the blast.

"It is the sin of Chavan that killed nine innocents in
the terror attack," he said, claiming security in sensitive
parts was diverted to ensure release of Shah Rukh Khan`s movie
`My Name Is Khan` which was opposed by the Sena.

CPI(M) said the attack was "disturbing" as it came
despite "prior warnings" of a possible terror strike. "It is
imperative in the interest of the country`s internal security
that such lapses be identified and rectified urgently."

CPI national secretary D Raja said the government should
bring out the truth behind the Pune blast.

Referring to Chidambaram`s statement that there was no
intelligence failure leading to the blast, Raja said the Home
Ministry should speak through its actions and not indulge in
rhetoric.

Congress spokesperson Shakeel Ahmed said the government
and the concerned security agencies should look into the
matter in such a way that the "perpetrators of this type of
heinous crimes should not escape the clutches of law".

Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj
said, "This (the blast) is government`s failure... they had
intelligence but they did not act upon that."

She also said that BJP does not want the government to go
ahead with the Indo-Pak talks unless Islamabad takes concrete
action in the Mumbai case.

Jaitley also said, "As long as the terror infrastructure
in Pakistan is not dismantled and Pakistan does not stop
sponsoring terror from its soil, composite dialogue should not
resume."

"The government in the past few days has announced some
misconceived and adventurist steps.....The BJP urges the
government to reconsider both these steps -- allowing persons
from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir to return and resuming dialogue
with Pakistan," he said.

While condemning the blast, he said the targeting of
foreign nationals was intended to create an international
impact.

"This blast establishes that those inimical to India are
continuing their war against India. India is not and Indians
will not accept India as a soft state," Jaitley added.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, February 14, 2010 - 17:25

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