Terror strikes assault on nation’s values: Prez

In her address to joint sitting of Parliament,President Patil termed Mumbai attacks on as an attempt to retard the country's economic progress.

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Published: February 12, 2009 12:48:43 pm

Ascertaining that there is greater appreciation in international community of the threat to the region and the world from terror emanating from Pakistan,India today said it expects Islamabad to take “decisive and credible action” against all terror groups operating from its territory.

Calling the attack in Mumbai as a deliberate plan to retard India’s economic progress,the Government said terrorists from Pakistan have continued to attack India despite solemn commitments given by Islamabad at the highest level that it will not allow its territory to be used against India in any manner.

The sharp comments on Pakistan’s role in fomenting terrorism in India were the highlight of President Pratibha Patil’s customary address to joint sitting of Parliament,the first this year and the last in the current Lok Sabha.

In her more than hour-long address,she also touched upon the global economic downturn but expressed confidence that the Indian economy would grow at a relatively high pace of 7.1 per cent in the financial year of 2009.

Recounting the record of the Government in the last nearly five years,Patil said “looking back,we see hope. We have not only withstood the challenges but also emerged stronger.”

Patil said “the spirit of ordinary people rising together as one overcame the challenge to our nation from terrorist violence.

“The calibrated and prudent economic reform pursued by our government is helping us to weather the extreme adversities of the global economic meltdown.”

Noting that the nation may face multiple internal security challenges,the President said the country witnessed terrorist attacks in several cities with growing levels of sophistication and assistance from outside the country.

“Several innocent lives have been lost. The terrorist attack in Mumbai as well as the terrorist incidents in Delhi,Ahmedabad,Hyderabad,Jaipur,Bengaluru and Assam and before that on our Embassy in Kabul,were an assault on all the values that our country stands for,” she said.

Patil said the attack in Mumbai was deliberately planned to retard country’s economic progress.

“My government is heartened by the international support it has received after these attacks. There is greater appreciation in the international community of the threat that exists to the region and the world from the terrorism emanating from Pakistan,” she said.

The President said Pakistan has eroded the achievements of the bilateral dialogue process and has caused a grave setback to relations.

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