PM hints at tough action against J&K terrorists
11 October 2001
The Times of India
TIMES NEWS NETWORK
VARANASI: Giving an indication of adopting tough steps to combat terrorism in Kashmir, Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee said on Thursday that the option of a military operation, as suggested by J&K chief minister Farooq Abdullah, was being discussed at length.Speaking to reporters here before leaving for Ballia, Vajpayee said ‘‘Farooq Abdullah ki rai se hum awgat hain aur jo bhi karyawahi karni hogi soch samajh kar ki jayegi (We are well aware of the feelings of Farooq Abdullah and whatever action is required will be taken after evaluating the situation in detail).’’He said the matter had been taken seriously and the process to arrive at a decision was on. Vajpayee said it was wrong to say that India was backtracking in facing the challenges of terrorism. He said Pakistan, which had been harbouring and encouraging terrorists, had now voiced an opinion against them since it felt a threat itself.He said the terrorism could not be defined on the basis of nationality and religion. Terrorism could emerge anywhere, anytime, he added.The PM warned those people and countries who tried to combine terrorism with Islam and said the nations, which viewed it (terrorism) as a jehad, would have to face its consequences sooner or later.