Citing Islamabad’s admission that a part of the Mumbai conspiracy was planned in Pakistan as a success of Indian diplomacy,External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee ruled out military retaliation against India’s western neighbour — especially given the complex situation in that country.
“It is a tendency to react instantly sometimes in our anxiety. Why we cannot retaliate? It is asked. We are opposed to that,” Mukherjee told the Lok Sabha in his response to the motion of thanks on the Prseident’s speech. “We cannot imitate certain other countries to retaliate.”
“Sometimes questions have been raised about how much time can we give to Pakistan. They (Pakistan) had admitted the involvement of elements from their country behind the terror attacks. Our diplomacy has not failed. We did not mobilize a single soldier,we did not press the panic button,but told them to fulfill its commitment in my November 28 telephonic conversation with Pakistani foreign minister. They informed us in February admitting the involvement of elements in their country,” Mukherjee said.
India,Mukherjee said,had no intention of rubbing Pakistan the wrong way in the diplomatic process.
“That doesn’t mean to rub them (Pakistan) on the wrong side. We know the complexity of our neigbour. Every one knows that Pakistan situation is complex situation. Our Leader of Opposition (L K Advani) knows it very well.”
Mukherjee reiterated,however,that unless the perpetrators of these terror attacks are brought to justice,the infrastructure available to these terrorists is dismantled,in a manner which is credible to us and the international community we will continue to demand with Pak government to do so. It is the duty of the incumbent government of Pakistan to respond to it.
In the context of Mumbai terror attacks,Mukherjee rejected Leader of Opposition L K Advani’s doubts over the efficacy of the anti-terror laws adopted by Parliament in the last session saying that its was too early to pass a judgment on the efficacy of those laws.
“Leader of opposition has raised doubts over the efficacy of the anti-terror laws (adopted in the last session of Parliament). I can not agree with that. Those laws have been well-crafted and it is too early to pass a judgment. It is only after sometime when these laws will be judicially tested that we will can pass a judgment about their efficacy,” Mukherjee said.
Advani,participating in the debate on the motion of thanks on President’s speech yesterday had raised doubts over the efficacy of the anti-terror laws and asked the government to incorporate the provisions to enable the admissibility of confessions made before the police.
Mukherjee also said that the government is taking all steps to allay the apprehensions regarding the lack of cooperation between different intelligence agencies after the Mumbai terror attacks. On the issue of illegal Bangladeshi immigrants in the country,which was also raised by Advani yesterday,Pranab Mukherjee said that government was taking all possible preventive measures to stop it completely.