New Delhi: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today asked all political parties to present a united front to the world against terrorism.
“Neither the country, nor the parliament should look divided on terrorism which is the biggest challenge to the country,” Rajanth Singh said while making a statement in the Lok Sabha on the July 27 Gurdaspur terrorist attack.
He also said that a terrorist should not be looked upon as belonging to any particular caste or religion.
“Terrorism is terrorism, it has no religion, no caste,” Rajnath said.
He also came down heavily on erstwhile UPA govt for coining the term “Hindu terrorists”.
“The term ‘Hindu terrorists' coined by erstwhile UPA government has weakened India's stand on terrorism,” he added.
He said the government was ready for any discussion in the matter and he was willing to answer any question.
The minister said while on the one hand security personnel were laying down their lives to counter such attacks, on the other hand members were creating ruckus while the issue was being discussed.
Rajnath Singh's comments came as opposition parties created a din over the twin issues of the Lalit Modi controversy and the Vyapam scam in the Lok Sabha.
Opposition members had, however, stopped their protests while the minister was making his statement, but were back near the speaker's podium as soon as he finished.
In his statement, Rajnath Singh gave details of the attack and said Punjab Police made every possible effort during the operation.
“Three AK 47 rifles, 19 magazines, two GPS systems and a large amount of ammunition was recovered from them,” he said.
He said preliminary data recovered from the GPS showed that the terrorists had crossed over from Pakistan.
“The government is committed to deal with terrorists strongly,” he added.
(With agency inputs)