We''ll win war on terrorism from our soil: Advani
23 October 2001
The Asian Age
New Delhi: Union home minister Lal Krishna Advani on Tuesday said India will not utilise the option of attacking terrorist camps across the border even though international law permits it to do so. “There are demands which I have been hearing for the last several days asking us to attack the terrorist training camps on the other side of the border. My reply has been that our policy is proactive. We do not want to go across the Line of Control. We did not go across even when the Kargil War was on. Still we won the war,” he said. Mr Advani said, “In a similar manner, we will also win the war against terrorism on our soil. We have the capability to solve the problem from within our borders.” Inaugurating an Indian Oil petrol pump allotted to the widow of a Kargil War hero, Squadron Leader Rajiv Pundir, the home minister called upon the people to take a lesson about national pride and national unity from the Americans. He pointed out that after the September 11 terrorist strikes on the US, the political parties, the American people and the media all behaved in a cohesive manner. “There is absolutely no differences among them. The political parties are not demanding resignation of the ruling leaders nor are the people raising any derogatory slogans against them,” he said. The petrol pump was handed over to the widow of Squadron Leader Pundir, who had sacrificed his life for the recapture of Tololing Hill in the Kargil area and is fondly remembered as the “hero of Tololing” by the IAF personnel. Mr Advani said security is the most important thing. “Development will take place only when there is security.” Stating that the present government was given the mandate by the masses to turn swarajya into surajya, the home minister said Kargil and Pokhran have amounted to building up of self-confidence among the people. He said after the Pokhran blasts, several nations had raised a hue and cry over the issue only because they did not get to know about it.