Terror strikes challenge our nation’s survival: NGO chief


Ahmedabad : “Our survival as a nation has been challenged like never before by the terror attacks last week in Mumbai,” said V.K. Saxena, president of the National Council for Civil Liberties, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) here.

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“When the enemy attacks from a distance, it is war. But when the enemy enters our home and begins to decimate us from within the walls of our abode, it is more than a war – it is occupation,” Saxena said in a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

“I truly hope that the prime minister recognises the enemy has occupied us and is scouring us from within. The context now is not of defending ourselves. It is rather a situation where we are provoked and challenged to survive and to liberate ourselves from the evil occupation.”

“We don’t need the great resources that are commanded by the nation’s intelligence agencies to realise that almost every city of India is now infiltrated by terrorist entities of Pakistan and Bangladeshi origins. The infiltration is deep and widespread,” Saxena said.

“Terrorist elements have been operating from every part of the country and possibly from within the agencies that are entrusted with our trust to protect us. And the disappointment is that these are times of despair and lack of confidence in the system of governance that we have collectively installed to protect our interests and take us to make a tryst with destiny,” Saxena said.