Vinay Kumar

No need. To ask for a commission after six months is surprising: Chidambaram

NEW DELHI: Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha L. K. Advani on Friday demanded that the government set up an inquiry commission to look into “what went wrong where” and suggest measures to prevent recurrence of terror strikes such as the 26/11.

However, Home Minister P. Chidambaram later turned down the demand. He said to ask for a commission of inquiry six months after the event was “surprising.”

Mr. Advani said the Mumbai attack was an “invasion of India” launched from Pakistan. The government must share with the House the evidence handed over to Islamabad. He accused Pakistan of launching a “proxy war” against India after its defeat in three wars.

Mr. Advani, who was speaking on the motion of thanks to the President’s address, said the trial of Ajmal ‘Kasab’, the lone captured terrorist involved in the November 26 terror attacks in Mumbai, should be expedited.

Mr. Advani disagreed with the conclusions of the Pradhan Committee of the Maharashtra government that the Mumbai attacks were a “failure” of the Centre only and that the State authorities were not to blame. “The Centre should set up a commission of inquiry to review the conclusions of the committee. The country and Parliament should know what went wrong and where,” he said.

Talking to reporters outside the Parliament House, Mr. Chidambaram said: “I don’t think there is a need for a commission of inquiry. We are not going to appoint it. We have all the facts on the 26/11 attacks. I have shared it with the House. Besides, I would like to ask, did the NDA government appoint a commission of inquiry after Kandahar? Did they appoint a Commission of Inquiry after Parliament was attacked? I don’t think that these kind of statements are going to help the situation.”

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