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Terrorism shouldn’t be tagged to religion: Advani

Last Updated: Monday, March 28, 2011 - 23:45

Mumbai: Terrorism should not be tagged to any particular religion, senior Bharatiya Janta Party leader LK Advani said in Mumbai Monday.

"Terrorism in India began from Punjab and was managed by the neighbouring country," he told reporters at a media event.

People to people contact between
India and Pakistan is all right but there should be a zero
tolerance for terrorism from across the border, Advani said.

"Terrorism and dialogue should be linked...we should
insist that there would be dialogue only if terror
infrastructure (across the border) is dismantled," Advani

He was speaking at a "Face-The-Press" programme, a
joint initiative of the Press Club, Mumbai, Association for
Democratic Reforms (ADR) and Government Watch (GW), to debate
issues of national interest with leading politicians,
journalists, economists and activists.

Vouching for the veracity of diplomatic cables
released by WikiLeaks on the `cash-for-vote` issue, Advani
said, "We say, accept facts in the cable as true."

Advani answered questions from a panel of leading
journalists, including The Hindu`s editor-in-chief N Ram, Star
India Chief Executive Officer Uday Shankar and Kumar Ketkar of
the Dainik Bhaskar Group.

When Ketkar pointed out that Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi have apologised for
the 1984 anti-Sikh riots but BJP had not for the post-Godhra
communal conflagration, Advani said "I have apologised.. Riots
can`t be justified."


First Published: Monday, March 28, 2011 - 23:45

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