Our futile war against terror

Mar 01, 2013

Saswat Panigrahi

Our futile war against terror

It has been a week since the twin blasts rocked the crowded Dilsukhnagar area of Hyderabad snuffing out the lives of 16 people and injured 120 others. But a breakthrough still eludes the police and investigative agencies.

But the modus operandi clearly suggests that it is an act of Indian Muhajideen, an offshoot of the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI).

Investigations so far suggest that the blasts bear a striking resemblance to the earlier terror strikes like those in Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Ahmedabad and Assam, all of which the IM has claimed responsibility for.

Indian Mujahiddin is headquartered in Pakistan. Iqbal Bhatkal and his brother Riyaz run operations from Karachi. So there really is no doubt that Pakistan-sponsored terrorism is responsible for the Hyderabad bombings. But Pakistani terrorists work in tandem with local terror elements and these local terror elements have political patronage besides.

Many say the Hyderabad blasts could be a reaction to the execution of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru and 26/11 terrorist Ajmal Kasab. In addition, a connection between MIM legislator Akbaruddin Owaisi’s hate speech and the twin blasts can’t be ruled out.

What is significant is the fact the Congress-led Centre has once again failed to provide clear and specific intelligence inputs to the State Government about a possible terror strike. Though a hazy warning was issued by the Union Home Ministry, the Congress Government of Andhra Pradesh simply sat on it.

Terrorists come at will, kill innocent people and disappear into their cubby-holes. All our Government manages to do following a terror strike is announcing compensations and launching investigations (that eventually get nowhere).

India’s national security is under threat at the hands of Congress-led UPA. The Government has, time and again, failed to hit the terrorists hard. Instead of recognising the real security threats the country is facing, the Congress Government is investing its energies into uprooting a non-existent ‘Hindu terror’.

Neither our security apparatus nor intelligence agencies seem to have learnt any lesson from previous terror strikes. They fail to read the changing tactics of terrorists. They are unable to prevent one terror attack after another. Reason? Intelligence agencies are being used for quasi-political purposes.

There is a need to counter terrorism through a strong anti-terror mechanism. That has to be armed with sharp intelligence gathering.

Its time we terrorise the terrorists and their sympathisers to make a beginning to that end.


Saswat Panigrahi

Saswat Panigrahi is Senior Editor (News) at NitiCentral. He is a journalist having a natural interest in observing the political jigsaw with a concern for issues affecting the common man’s life. A swayamsevak in his own right, he is an ardent supporter of cultural nationalism. He has worked with The Pioneer and Zee News.


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