Devise strategy to deal with threat of sea-borne terror: Advani

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New Delhi, Nov 28 (UNI) Leader of the Opposition L K Advani today said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should convene a conference of Chief Ministers of states on the western coastline and activate a firm strategy to deal with the new threat of sea-borne terror.

Mr Advani, who visited Mumbai yesterday in the wake of the terror attacks, said in a statement that the recovery of a mobile phone of Pakistani origin reinforced his feelings that the terrorists operating in Mumbai were not homegrown. The confessions of the arrested terrorist that they had entered India through sea route had confirmed his suspicions aired before the media yesterday, he added.

Mr Advani and Dr Singh had spoken to each other thrice after the terrorists struck at a number of places in Mumbai. Mr Advani had even announced that he had accepted Dr Singh's suggestion that he should accompany him during his visit to Mumbai, but as the day progressed, both the leaders changed their plans.

The Prime Minister travelled along with UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Mr Advani along with his Rajya Sabha counterpart Jaswant Singh.

Mr Advani clarified that he went ahead with his Mumbai visit, as he could not reschedule his Rajasthan poll campaign plan at such a late hour.

Dr Singh had asked if the visit could be today (Friday) for which he had expressed his inability to delay the visit by a whole day, Mr Advani added.

''I had promised the Home Minister not to visit areas where action was underway,'' he said.

As it turned out, Dr Singh also visited Mumbai yesterday evening.

''I had suggested to Dr Singh that we could meet at a pre-arranged spot for giving a united response against terror. I was told that I will be informed about it, but received no word thereafter,'' Mr Advani said, adding that even at this late stage of present UPA's tenure, there is a possibility to devise a robust zero tolerance response to terrorism.

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