KARNATAKA

Singhal calls for strafing of terrorist camps across border

MANGALORE OCT. 5 . The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has suggested several measures to curb terrorism in the country, including strafing of terrorist camps in Pakistan, and trifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir.

Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, the President of the VHP, Ashok Singhal, said the Government alone could not take these steps, and urged the people to rise as one against the reign of terrorism. This was possible when the minorities were brought into the mainstream and the people of the majority community safeguarded their interests.

For this, the Government should take steps to use all socio-political might to bring about equality among all communities. This would ensure the internal security of the country, Mr. Singhal said.

The external safety and the problem of infiltration could be dealt with by pro-active legislation in Parliament, which would have to be done on an apolitical platform.

To queries on Jammu and Kashmir and VHP's stand on solving the problem of infiltration in that State, Mr. Singhal said the Government should have taken the option of hot pursuit after the attack on Parliament last year.

The Government's action was not enough in Godhra and Akshardham incidents, he said and added that the people of Gujarat had to pay dearly for what had happened. .

However, things appeared to be moving towards a Hindu political movement after the two incidents, and even the so-called "secularists" had understood this trend. Sooner or later, the "secularists" would tow the line of Hindutva, he said and added that the VHP would welcome such a move.

The economic conditions of the minorities in Gujarat were about to hit rock bottom due to the Godhra and Akshardham incidents, he said.

Commending the steps taken by the Prime Minister, A.B. Vajpayee, to curb terrorism, Mr. Singhal said the action of the Prime Minister had convinced the NDA partners of the gravity of the situation, and hoped that sooner or later even the Congress would approve of the "Hindu uprising" in Gujarat, Jammu and Kashmir, and other States.

The future of the political parties in the country would depend on the Hindus, he said.

Mr. Singhal said the trifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir would give the Government a free hand to destroy the terrorist network in that State. If the Government did not take action on these lines, the Hindus residing in Jammu would have to make a mass exodus from there leaving the "maidaan" open for Pakistan to operate its clandestine designs, he added.

On the Ayodhya issue, Mr. Singhal said the "santh mandali", looking after the Ramjanmabhoomi, had decided that the Ramjanmabhoomi issue was out of the purview of the legal system, and the excavations in 1974 proved that the site of the temple belonged to the Hindus.

He said the VHP had decided to support the resolution of the mandali not to allow the displacement of the "Ram Lalla" idol from the site.

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