Osama death proves Pak is a terror haven: Cong

Equal standards must apply to all in fight against terrorism, says Manish Tewari


Sweta Ranjan | May 2, 2011

Congress on Monday said that US' Osama operation proves that Pakistan has been harbouring terrorists from diiferent outfits - a line India has steadfastly held to since three decades.

Reacting to news reports of Osama bin Laden's death, party spokesperson Manish Tiwari said that India's stand that Pakistan is a sanctuary for terror groups has been veratiated by the strategic operation of the US armed forces.

Tiwari also advocated a uniform strategy in the global war against terror, broadly hinting that a US-like strike (in foreign territory) by any other country should be treated to the same reception worldwide. Most nations have welcomed the ground operation in which the Al Qaeda founder was killed in his Pakistan hideout. "The whole world should think seriously on the issue. Yardsticks that apply to the Westerns powers must also be held in regard when it comes to countries east of Pakistan," he said.

"The whole operation also proves that all terrorist groups are functioning in close alliance. We are trying repeatedly to deliver this point to all international interlocutors," he said.

Tiwari also said that the operation will not be deemed as appropriate as long as a discrimination exists in the way the world views the way the West and the rest handle terrorism. "It is important to understand that a distinction can not be made between one terrorist group and another," he noted, " The fight has to be holistic, globally coordinated and all resources should be directed so that the terrorists are brought to justice."

In the backdrop of the 26/11 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, the Congress spokesperson said that the union home ministry had handed over the details of the accused at large to the government of Pakistan, and is expecting against them.



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