Pakistan needs to do lot more against home-grown terror: Rijiju

SansadTV Bureau
Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju

Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju

Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju has accused Pakistan of not doing enough to control the growth of terror on its soil. Speaking on the occasion of event to honour the martyrs of 26/11 Mumbai attacks, he said India had adopted a “zero-tolerance policy” towards terrorism.

“The government has made it clear on various international platforms that Pakistan is a breeding ground for terrorism,” Rijiju said criticising Pakistan establishment, which has recently been also warned by the US after release of terrorist Hafiz Saeed, the mastermind of Mumbai attacks.

“India has adopted a zero-tolerance policy towards terrorism. I do not want to go into its details but the outline is clear,” Rijiju said.

Asked about the release of Mumbai terror attack mastermind and Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed, the Union Minister of State for Home said, “It is a matter of concern for us. We have been putting pressure on Pakistan in a bilateral way as well as through multilateral forums.”

Saeed is also the founder of terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). The UN and US designated terrorist, who has a USD 10 million American bounty on his head, was freed by Pakistan on Friday.

Rijiju said, “On various international forums, we are making it absolutely clear that Pakistan is a breeding ground for terrorism and it is not doing enough to contain the growth of terrorism on its soil. They must do much more than what they had said.”

Asked about the neighbouring country being reluctant to cooperate in the Pathankot terror attack probe, he said, “Our stand is clear and efforts are going on. I cannot disclose certain aspects of the attack or our efforts.”

In January 2016, terrorists had sneaked into an Indian Air Force base in Punjab’s Pathankot. The attack had claimed the lives of seven security personnel, while four terrorists were killed.

Rijiju said the coastal borders of India were much more secure now.

“We have taken a series of measures to secure the coastal borders. We have adopted a series of integrated coastal security schemes which are effective,” he added.

(With inputs from PTI)