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Flush out 'mini Pakistans' in India, says Shiv Sena

December 03, 2008 17:35 IST

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Criticising the Centre's attitude after terror strikes across the country, the Shiv Sena on Wednesday said the government should first flush out 'mini Pakistans' mushrooming in India and then think of teaching the neighbour country a lesson.

In a strongly worded editorial published in Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamna,  the party pointed out that the 'mini Pakistans' cropping up across India should be cleaned out on a priority basis in an attempt to prevent further terror attacks.

"When the time comes, teach Pakistan a lesson by launching an attack on it. But before that, eliminate Pakistans spread in India with your blessing (ruling politicians). If this is done, most of the things would be clear," the Saamna editorial stated.

"Besides Mumbai, large number of mini Pakistans have grown up in India. People residing in these mini Pakistans are not Indian Muslims. They are either Bangladeshi or Pakistani Muslims. Nobody is paying any attention on their anti-social activities. It is here that they are taught the lesson of 'Jihad'," the editorial stated.

It also equaled politicians with the Lashkar-e-Toiba group, as they were allegedly providing ration cards and ensuring that the people from mini Pakistan would get voting rights.

The party also demanded the execution of Afzal Guru's hanging, who was convicted of conspiracy in the Indian Parliament attack in 2001.

"Afzal Guru has been treated in Tihar jail as a guest. He is enjoying there. Afzal should be hanged to set an example on how India reacts to terrorist strikes. His hanging will send out a strong message that whoever attacks India will either be hanged or be eliminated in encounter," the editorial says.

Talking about the terror attacks allegedly sponsored by Lashkar-e-Taiba, Dawood Ibrahim [Images] and Masood Azhar, who was let off after a plane was hijacked in 1999, the editorial said, "Unless and until the associates roaming around in various cities are eliminated, Dawood will strike similar terror attacks. Our ruling party leaders have become impotent and how will these impotent leaders fight terrorism."

Even as Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee claimed that Pakistan was allegedly involved in the Mumbai terror strikes, the editorial said, "Pakistan may be gearing up for another terror strike."

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