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Indian PM: No Weapon to Be Spared for Self-Defense
Published on Thursday, January 3, 2001 by the Xinhua News Agency
Indian PM: No Weapon to Be Spared for Self-Defense
by Fred Pearce
 
NEW DELHI, January 3 -- Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Wednesday said that all military options were open in India's war against terrorism, the Hindu newspaper reported Thursday.

Addressing a rally in Lucknow of India's north state of Uttar Pradesh, Vajpayee said that no weapon would be spared in self-defense. Whatever weapon was available, it would be used no matter how it wounded the enemy, he said. India was a worshipper of peacebut if the situation demanded, it was always ready to fight, the prime minister stressed.

The attack on Parliament was not only an attack on a building made of cement and mortar, but an attack on the heart of India, Vajpayee said, adding this kind of an attack was different from killing a few persons.

The prime minister recalled that when India conducted nuclear tests there was adverse reaction from other countries. But he affirmed that in self-defense no weapon would be spared, saying while India wanted peace, it was capable of being fierce, if needed. It was time it gave a reply to Pakistan, he was quoted as stating.

Rejecting Pakistan's demand for proof against terrorist organizations functioning from its territory, he asked, "Why was it that the terrorists came from Pakistan? Whose hand was behind the terrorist attack on the Indian Parliament?" He said it was strange that the same people were demanding proof. Even documents recovered from the slain terrorists proved their links with Pakistan, he noted.

The Indian Prime Minister said that Pakistan had no alternative but to fight terrorism. Since it was part of the international community which was fighting a war against terrorism, it must take the steps which the international community had taken, he said.

Copyright © 2002 Xinhua News Agency

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