December 31, 2008 8:52:50 pm
India on Wednesday virtually ruled out any hot pursuit on terrorists operating from Pakistan’s soil by taking a leaf out of the Israeli air strikes on Gaza strip.
“So that incident or that event, (Israeli air strikes) we cannot draw any lessons for the way we deal with Pakistan,” Union Home Minister P Chidambaram said when asked whether New Delhi can draw lessons from the Israeli air strikes to pursue terrorists in Pakistan.
He recalled that India had strongly criticised the Israeli strikes and urged the country to stop those attacks on Palestine.
Chidambaram said India’s position has been made clear by Ministry of External Affairs.
‘What more evidence Pakistan needs’
National Investigative Agency (NIA) Bill and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill on Wednesday became law as President Pratibha Patil gave her assent to these legislations which were passed in the last session of Parliament.
Home Minister P Chidambaram said that the Presidential assent has been received on Wednesday.
“The regulations have come into effect from today,” Chidambaram said.
He said the NIA will get its Director General in a few days.
“NIA will be established to investigate terrorist offences. As and when any case is assigned to NIA, it will take up investigation,” he said.
Chidambaram said the work is in progress to set up 20 counter insurgency and anti-terrorism schools in the country which will train personnel to tackle cases involving terrorists.
The Home Minister also announced that a round the clock information gathering and sharing centre on terrorism has come into effect from Wednesday.
He said the Ministry will soon bring before the Cabinet a note on establishing NSG hubs in four main cities of the country and more such hubs will be set up in other cities as well.
Asked about the cooperation from Pakistan in investigation of Mumbai terror attacks, Chidambaram said, “they are in a state of denial. Everything that we will give will be denied.”
He said the father of Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving terrorist in the Mumbai attack, has appeared on the television saying that he (Kasab) is his son.
“Kasab himself has written to the Pakistan Government seeking legal help. What more evidence Pakistan needs,” he said.
To a question on the NIA, Chidambaram said the Director General of the new agency for investigating terror-related cases will be appointed in ‘next few days.’
Chidambaram said new appointments will be made paramilitary forces for the number personnel drawn for the new NSG hubs coming up in the four cities.
On the execution of Parliament attack case convict Afzal Guru, he said the ministry was examining the case.
“There are 27 persons in the deathrow. Afzal Guru is one among them. We are examining it,” he said.
Asked about Home Ministry’s course of action in the cash-for-vote scam case which was referred to it by the Lok Sabha Speaker, he said the Ministry will look into the report and decide on how to go about it.
He said he was ‘not aware’ whether the report has reached the Ministry.
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