Lok Sabha calls for global ‘zero tolerance’ against terror

Lok Sabha calls for global ‘zero tolerance’ against terror

New Delhi, July 19 (IANS) The Lok Sabha on Tuesday urged the global community to adopt “zero tolerance policy” towards terrorism and eliminate the menace worldwide. The members also mourned the deaths due to recent terror attacks in Bangladesh, France and Saudi Arabia.

Making a detailed reference to the tragic incidents in the country and overseas in the recent past, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said: “These terrorist attacks are yet another tragic reminder of the need for concerted action by the international community to fight the scourge of terrorism uncompromisingly.”

Referring to terror strike in Jeddah on July 4, Mahajan said: “India remains firmly committed to working closely and actively with Saudi Arabia to combat the menace of terrorism in all its forms and menifestations.”

On the terror strike in Dhaka in Bangladesh, she termed it a “cowardly attack” and asserted: “We stand together with the government and people of Bangladesh in the war against terrorism.”

Mahajan also referred to tragic incidents in the country, including the killing of CRPF personnel and civilians in Jammu and Kashmir and in Pulgaon in Maharashtra.

She also referred to the deaths of 96 people due to natural calamities across Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Assam, Maharashtra, Arunachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh and Odisha.

The members of the Lower House of Parliament observed silence for a while as a mark of tribute to those killed.


  1. Rohini Salian, Special Public Prosecutor in the case related to the Malegaon 2008 blasts in which four Muslims were killed during Ramzan and in which Hindu extremists are the accused, has said that over the past one year, since “the new government came to power,”she has been under pressure from the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to go “soft” in the case.The department falls under the purview of Home Minister Rajanath Singh.
    All the statements were given in front of a magistrate and hence admissible as evidence to nail the alleged culprits that include a ‘sadhvi’ and a serving Indian Army officer.
    In a major setback to the 2008 Malegaon blasts case, seven statements of witnesses – all recorded in the presence of a magistrate and admissible as evidence – have gone missing from the Special NIA Court.
    In a raft of terror cases that emerged in the 2000s and implicated Hindu extremists, state responses followed a familiar pattern, of denial, cover-up and delay. As they swung into action after each blast, state agencies seemed to operate on the assumption that terror, by definition, has a Muslim face, is propelled by jihadist agendas and must be “anti-national”. Malegaon, 2006, Samjhauta Express, 2007, Mecca Masjid, 2007, Ajmer Sharif, 2007, and again Malegaon, 2008, all tell the same story ‒ Muslims rounded up and arrested in a reflex reaction, fingers pointed at terror outfits like the Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed, and then the appearance of an amended list of suspects, mostly Hindu.
    Law enforcement agencies may only be taking political cues when dealing with saffron terror. And politically, there has been a curious reticence about it, starting with a refusal to recognise the phenomenon at all. It was not until 2008, when the Maharashtra anti-terrorism squad chief, the late Hemant Karkare, launched investigations in the Malegaon blast case, that “Hindutva terror” became part of an accepted lexicon.

    A penumbra of terror seems to surround the Sangh Parivar and the BJP cannot quite escape it. In the past, the central leadership of the BJP had sought to distance itself from the fringe elements of the Sangh who would be more directly associated with extremist ideologies that fed saffron terror. But a government with increasingly visible ties to the RSS will find it hard to maintain such a distance. The Centre is seen to defer to the organisation in its educational and cultural policies, while members of the RSS on deputation to the BJP have energetically guided the party’s affairs. If terror prosecutions were to proceed, ties between the RSS and the BJP could prove to be inconvenient for the ruling party.
    Going by Salian’s account, the government is fully alive to this danger.The decision not to charge Sadhvi Pragya Thakur, a former office-bearer of the ABVP, was taken because of the “weak evidence” against her and the fact that MCOCA charges had been dropped against the accused.

    They talk about ‘zero tolerance’ on terror?

    Jai Hind

  2. There are people who actually go out and kill innocents while shouting ‘God is great’ in a foreign language. Then there are people who try to provide them a cover by attacking those who are critical of this ideology and groups. I’m referring to those who don’t utter a word on real terror attacks but very quick to attack RSS, Modiji, USA, Israel, Indian Army or free thinkers like Tarek Fatah and Taslima Nasreen.

    Watch Gulam Abi Nazad from Congress below and decide for yourself. Many of you on this forum have voted only for Congress in your life. Time to do some soul-searching!!


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