Not helpless,will fight terror with courage: Pranab

External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee cautioned against linking the problem of terrorism to any religion.

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Published: February 8, 2009 2:22 pm

Insisting that all options are open on dealing with terrorism emanating from Pakistan,government on Sunday said nobody should think that India is ‘helpless’ and asserted that the menace would be confronted with ‘courage and fortitude’.

Speaking at a conclave of Congress district and block level office-bearers here,External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee cautioned against linking the problem of terrorism to any religion.

“Perpetrators of (Mumbai) terror attacks must be punished. Nobody should think that this country is helpless and cannot tackle the situation arising out of terrorism,” Mukherjee said.

“I repeat all options are open,” he added at the conclave which was attended by Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

In a veiled attack on the opposition parties which have accused the Congress-led government of soft-pedalling terrorism for minority appeasement,he said,”I must utter a word of caution,if not warning,for those elements which try to misrepresent this issue…. (who say) that this act concerns a particular religion.”

He asserted that terrorism would be fought with “courage and fortitude”.

Demanding that Pakistan should fulfill its international commitments to fight terror,Mukherjee said,”We are asking the country from where terrorists had come to fulfill all their commitments which they,as a state,are obliged to do,and not shirk the responsibility.”

He said Pakistan was committed to the UN resolution of not allowing use of its land for terrorist activity.

“They (Pakistan) have to fulfill their commitment. Perpetrators of terror attacks must be brought to justice,” he said. He warned Pakistan not to divert attention from the issue.

The External Affairs Minister said terrorism had no religion,no borders and no respect for any nation.

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