Pranab urges international community to fight against terrorism

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Coimbatore, Sep 14 (UNI) External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee today called upon the international community to evolve a concerted mechanism to fight terrorism.

Talking to newspersons here, he termed as ''unfortunate'', the serial bomb blasts at New Delhi which took place yesterday.

On Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's statement on intelligences failure, Mr Mukherjee said, ''let us not keep passing the buck. This is not the time to blame each other as number of human lives were lost in the blasts''.

India was one of the victim of terrorism for the last six to seven years. Terrorists had no ideology, no geographical boundary, no caste or creed. They believe only in destruction, he added.

To a question on whether there was a need for stringent law to combat terrorism, he said the country had TADA, POTA and various laws to deal with terrorism. But, the question lay only on mplementation and utilisation of these laws.

Asked about reports on secret deal with the US by France and Russia, Mr Mukherjee said India has signed agreement on Nuke-deal with the United States.

According to the agreement there was no binding on the deal, he said and pointed out that number of times in Parliament as well as outside it was said that the agreement would not harm the nation interest and the agreement would not restrict the country to keep away from the nuclear test.

To a question about 20,000 passport pending in Tamil Nadu alone, he said it was due to delay in police verification. The new system, which the passport office was going to take would solve the issue.

The External Affairs Minister refused to comment when asked about the MDMK General Secretary Vaiko's charge that India had sent technocrats and engineers to help Srilankan Army.

To a question on inflation, Finance Minister P Chidambaram, who was present along with the External Affairs Minister, said, ''no body is happy about the increase in inflation. Steps have been taken to bring down the inflation at moderate level.'' Asked whether any negotiation had started on wage hike in respect of Bank and Insurance sector, Mr Chidambaram said the employees associations concerned have been asked to discuss first before coming to the ministry.

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