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BJP demands "hot pursuit" of terrorists

Source: PTI
July 13, 2006 17:57 IST
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The Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday demanded "hot pursuit" of terrorists in the wake of Tuesday's train bombings in Mumbai.

Party spokesman Prakash Javadekar defined the "hot pursuit" that he spoke about as a full-scale war against terror.

He, however, told reporters that the war against terror need not be trans-border.

"There has to be a hot pursuit of terrorists. There also has to be tough laws in place to tackle terrorism," he said.

He parried questions on the release of terror mastermind Masood Azhar, who was escorted to Kandahar by the then External Affairs Minister Jaswant Singh in 1999 in exchange of release of IA hostages, saying the current situation warrants a "hot pursuit" of terrorists.

He also announced that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi would be visiting Mumbai, the scene of deadly train bombings, as part of the party's two-day campaign against terrorism.

Senior party leader Lal Kishenchand Advani will visit Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh and party chief Rajnath Singh will visit Nagpur during the campaign on July 15 and 16, he said.

The spokesman also condemned Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav's reported move to set free jailed SIMI activists, calling it an "electoral stunt".

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