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Delhi blasts

As if the human misery caused by nature in Kashmir on both sides of the LoC was not enough, the perpetrators of heinous crimes struck in Delhi turning the festive bazaars into morgues of innocent shoppers. We in Pakistan condemn such barbaric acts with the utmost force. It is as obvious as daylight that the blasts are the handiwork of those who do not wish to see India and Pakistan progress at a time when they are embarked upon the road to mutual peace, harmony, and everlasting friendship.

Col. (retd.) Riaz Jafri,
Rawalpindi

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That it has taken so long for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to talk tough with Pakistan is unfortunate. When will our governments stop supplying Indians as targets to Pakistan-based-and-supported militants?

Chandra Mohan,
Bangalore

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India just does not have a policy to fight terrorism. Its leaders issue some tough statements from time to time though. The Prime Minister says he is shocked by the blasts. I do not understand why he is shocked. Does he not know that he is living next to a country that is the source of worldwide terrorism? He tells Pervez Musharraf to act against terrorism. How many times has India told him the same thing over the past several years? The sad state in India is that a vast majority of its people simply do not care and that includes the political leadership.

Kodali V. Rao,
Reston, Virginia

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Now that the Prime Minister has told the General that he is outraged, we can expect him to dare the terrorists with a warning that there is a limit to our patience. This will be followed by the assurance that our security forces are geared to meet any eventuality. The media will continue to talk about the need for the peace process with Pakistan saying the aim of the terrorists is to disrupt peace between the neighbours and that we should not give in to their design. In the meanwhile, it will be time for the next round of bloodbath. Some things never change in our country.

V.V.S. Mani,
Bangalore

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On the one hand, General Musharraf wants to have a demilitarised zone for looking after the quake victims and, on the other, he has no hesitation in saying he is not in for reduced military spending. Is it not an open secret that Pakistan's defence spending is India-centric? Again, while he says he is willing to join any probe into the Delhi blasts, he does not want anyone to see what is going on in PoK.

O.B. Nair,
Kochi, Kerala

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Gen. Musharraf has called for the softening of the LoC to be taken forward for the resolution of the Kashmir issue. Demilitarisation is an excellent concept as long as it is practised not merely in Kashmir but in all of India and Pakistan, and in our hearts.

C. Swaminathan,
Blackburn, Victoria

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All talk of the peace process is outrageous. How can India even dream of trusting a country like Pakistan that is committed to bleeding it? An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth may not be a bad policy vis--vis Pakistan.

Ramani P. Easwaran,
Bangalore

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It is no secret that many terrorist training camps in PoK were destroyed in the recent quake. Yet, out of the blue, we had a major terrorist strike in Delhi. Is it not time we read the writing on the wall? If adopting a soft policy is going to result in innocent civilians becoming soft targets, should we not start talking tough?

Shreela Satish,
Chennai

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The Delhi blasts have brought terrorism into focus again. They reinforce the need for strong anti-terror laws such as POTA.

Shalivahan Sharangpani
Boston, Massachusetts

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