Attacking Pakistan will not stop cross-border terrorism: Karat

April 14th, 2009 - 11:07 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, April 14 (IANS) India’s problem of cross-border terrorism has to be solved not by attacking Pakistan but by building international opinion so that Islamabad acts against terrorists in its territory, Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Prakash Karat said Tuesday.
“We don’t believe this problem can be solved by attacking Pakistan. If that country is attacked, it will only strengthen the hands of the hardliners there. And this is what the hardliners want,” CPI-M general secretary Karat told reporters here.

He was referring to Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) president Rajnath Singh’s declaration Monday that if elected to power the party would “send the army to Pakistan”.

Instead, Karat said, international pressure should be brought on Islamabad to get tough with the terrorists operating there. “We have to build up international opinion in this regard.”

Attacking the previous National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government of Atal Behari Vajpayee, the top Left leader said it had mobilised troops on the border after the 2001 parliament attack, “Only to withdraw them three months later”.

Karat said the regional parties in India were against tailing either the Congress or the BJP. “This is the general impression among them. And this trend will continue after the elections also.”

Asked if the Third Front, which includes the Left, would get support from the Congress for forming a government, Karat quipped: “I hope the Congress party will have the wisdom to do so, but I know they won’t do.”

He also expressed concern over the seizure of Rs.10 crore in cash and liquor worth Rs.2 crore from Karnataka’s Bellary constituency alone.

“These things will prove a great menace in our political system. That’s why we tell the Election Commission not to worry about banners. (Currency) notes are being distributed. Nobody stops them.”

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