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December 15, 2001
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Pakistani comment on Parliament
attack absurd: India

Onkar Singh in New Delhi

New Delhi has rejected Islamabad's charge that the terrorist attack on Parliament was a stage-managed affair by the Indian security agencies to defame Pakistan.

Speaking to rediff.com, Bharatiya Janata Party spokesman in Parliament Vijay Kumar Malhotra described the Pakistani charge as highly absurd.

"I have heard the comments made by Pakistan. These charges are totally outrageous and baseless. Islamabad makes such allegations whenever a terrorist attack is carried out by Pakistan-based terrorists on Indian soil," Malhotra said.

Pakistan's military spokesman, in an interview to Star News on Friday, had alleged that the terrorist attack on Parliament was engineered by the Indian intelligence agencies. He also refused to accept that the Lashkar-e-Tayiba was in any way involved in the attack.

Meanwhile, Delhi Police Commissioner Ajay Raj Sharma has sought cooperation from the media to help solve the case at the earliest.

"We need time to solve. We are on the job. We have some leads. The trouble is that if we tell you something you are going to print it and that is going to spoil our case," Sharma told newsmen on Friday night.

According to police sources, investigations are on in full swing and several people have been rounded up.

The police teams are questioning Harvinder Singh and Harpal Singh, the owners of Lucky Traders, which had sold the ambassador car to the terrorists on December 11 for Rs 110,000. The two brothers claim that they rushed to the police the moment they learnt that the car they sold had been used by the terrorists in the attack.

The police have also questioned two women from South Delhi for their alleged links with the terrorists. Though they have been allowed to go, a close watch is being kept on their movements.

The police officials are tight-lipped about the recovery of some foodstuff from the bags carried by the terrorists. If they were fidayeens then why were they carrying food, a senior intelligence official wondered.

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