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Congress dubs Pakistan is Somalia of South Asia
March 03, 2009 22:56 IST
Describing Pakistan as "Somalia of South Asia", Congress today said the terror attack on Sri Lankan cricketers in Lahore [Images] is a result of Pakistan's long-standing policy of ceding its territory to fundamentalists and the Taliban [Images].
The attack refelcts the continuing chaos in Pakistan and "this is a result of the policies which Pakistan has followed from 1979 to 2009," Congress spokesman Manish Tewari told media-persons in New Delhi [Images].
"NWFP, Baluchistan, Swat and now Lahore...Pakistan has been ceding its territory to the fundamentalists and the
Talibans of the world", he said.
Decrying the political leadership of Pakistan, Tewari said, "it is not only a failed state but fast becoming the Somalia of south Asia".
"It (Pakistan) has become a time bomb which can explode anytime. After 1972 Munich Olympics [Images], this is perhaps the first time that players, who act as bridge between nations, have been targeted."
Pointing out that Pakistan was a nuclear state, the spokesman said the world has to see how to dismantle the
infrastructure of terrorism there.
Asked whether Pakistan was a victim of terrorism, Tewari said the country was to be blamed for what is happening