13/12 Parliament attack: Zero tolerance for terror, says Rajnath Singh

Parliament attack victims

Remembering the victims of the Parliament attack on December 13, 2001, India’s Home Minister Rajnath Singh underlined that the government has zero tolerance policy towards terrorism. “Our government has adopted a zero tolerance policy against terrorism. We are committed to make India more secure and safe as a nation,” Mr Singh said.

 Nine persons were killed during the Parliament attacks in 2001, when five heavily-armed gunmen stormed the Parliament complex and opened indiscriminate fire. Acknowledging the  contribution of the security personnel in combating the terrorists, Mr Singh said: “I salute the valour and courage exhibited by those brave security personnel. The nation will never forget   their supreme sacrifice.” 

Mr Singh’s comments came at a time when India and Pakistan have resumed dialogue and terrorism   continues to be a major issue on the agenda between the two countries.

India had witnessed a spurt of terror attacks across the country over the next few years in the aftermath of the Parliament attacks, such as the serial train blasts in Mumbai, the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai, the blasts in Hyderabad and other incidents of terror that impacted the country.

Recently, there were terror attacks in Gurdaspur and Udhampur which has once again raised concerns about India’s preparedness to combat terror. The rise of terror outfits like Islamic State which has listed India as one of its potential targets has made the government more vigilant and proactive in enhancing cooperation with the world’s major powers.

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