Pakistan epicentre of terror, don’t expect much from UN: Advani


New Delhi : Terming Pakistan the “epicentre” of terrorism, opposition leader L.K. Advani Thursday cautioned the government against relying completely on the UN Security Council to bring the perpetrators of the “terror war” in Mumbai to justice.

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“We are trying to pressurise Pakistan by moving the UNSC. But we should not forget our experience in terms of Kashmir. We should take whatever action we can take on our own strength, as this is our problem. We should not expect too much from the UNSC,” Advani said in a statement in the Lok Sabha.

“The world says that South Asia is in the eye of the storm on terrorism. Let us realise and say it candidly that the epicentre of the terror is Pakistan. We moved UNSC but we haven’t named Pakistan. I don’t know why.”

Addressing the house after Home Minister P. Chidambaram, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) prime ministerial candidate said the Nov 26 attack on India’s financial capital was a “terror war” that was the fallout of “cross border terrorism”.

“It is not just terror, it is cross border terrorism, a word which Pakistan’s former president General Parvez Musharraf refused to accept during (the 2001) Agra summit. He instead termed the terrorism in Kashmir as the fight for liberation,” said Advani, who was deputy home minister in the BJP-led government then.

He said Pakistan’s crackdown of terrorist groups was hogwash.

“We should not be fooled by the crackdown operation of Pakistan against terrorist groups,” Advani said.

Assuring the government of the opposition’s support in all “stern decisions” aimed at rooting out terrorism, Advani also pointed fingers towards Pakistan’s intelligence agency ISI for perpetrating terror in the country.

“Pakistan President (Asif Ali) Zardari has accepted that non-state actors on Pakistan soil are fomenting terrorism. ISI itself is a non-state actor because it is not under the elected Pakistan government and is answerable only to the army,” he added.

He said the Nov 26-29 Mumbai terror siege which killed 172 people was an attack on the “economic progress” and the “peaceful coexistence of multi-religions” in India.