Translate zero-tolerance against terrorism into action: BJP


New Delhi : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Sunday expressed concern at Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani’s remarks terming Kashmir as a root cause of continuing terrorism, and asked the government to translate into action zero tolerance on terrorism.

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“The issue of national security continues to cause serious concern. The comment of the prime minister of Pakistan that Kashmir is a root cause of continuing terrorism is a chilling response to the consistent claim of the Government that its diplomatic initiative has brought Pakistan on track,” the party said in a resolution unanimously adopted on the second and concluding day of its national executive meeting here.

The BJP also pointed out that the Taliban violence in Pakistan, Maoist activities in Nepal, terrorist outfits in Bangladesh and recent developments in Sri Lanka “complete the disturbing circle of our neighbourhood”.

“The government must translate its declaration of zero tolerance against terrorism into meaningful, effective and purposive action,” the resolution said.

The party also questioned the central government’s decision last week to return the Gujarat Control of Organised Crime Act (GUJCOCA) to the BJP-ruled state and said that this is “not the right way to fight terror”.

The party also demanded the time-bound trial and punishment of those behind the Nov 26 Mumbai terror attack.

“The BJP demands that the trial of all those involved in the Mumbai terror attack must be expeditious and time bound and the guilty must be punished,” the resolution said.

The party resolution also urged the government to take China’s claims over Arunachal Pradesh with “utmost seriousness”.

“China is again raising its claim over Arunachal Pradesh in various international forums. The BJP demands that this be treated with utmost seriousness. Arunachal Pradesh is and would continue to remain an integral part of India,” the party said.