Union Home Minister P Chidambaram,on Friday,admitted that there was a terrorist threat to Punjab despite the lesser frequency of terror-related incidents in the recent past. Addressing the media here,Chidambaram said: The terror threat to Punjab is not as eminent as it was in the 80s or 90s but it is there to the state. When 5.6 kg of RDX was seized in Ambala,Haryana,it was meant for the BKI in Punjab. There are individual modules working to revive terror.
The home minister also warned against complacency and said the country needed to be vigilant to thwart terror attacks though there has been no such incident in India this year. He added that before 2008,there were on an average five terror incidents in the country every year. After the Mumbai attacks in 2008,we have had three major (terror) incidents in India, Chidambaram,who was flanked by Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal,said.
The home minister also pointed out that this year has been the most peaceful with regard to the Northeast and J&K. All groups in the North East are holding talks with the Centre. In Jammu and Kashmir,we have had seven civilians killed this year. This is in single digits, he said.
Stating that Jammu and Kashmir has witnessed a tourism boom,Chidambaram said that already 9,00,000 tourists have visited the state this year. All of us should rejoice and pray that peace in Kashmir is durable, he added.
On the Bluestar memorial issue,the home minister said: There are two views,one that is held by those with pro-extremist ideology that the memorial is for people killed and the other is that it is only a gurdwara. I am not in a position to say which one of the versions is actually true.
But Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni said: The memorial should not be in the Golden Temple. It should be built somewhere else. This will divide communities,which is not good. I totally oppose it.