Delhi blast can be a job of local militants, says Chidambaram

Published: September 13, 2011

We can no longer point to cross-border terrorism as a source of terror attacks in India, says Chidambaram. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

LONDON: Indian Home Minister P Chidambaram said that the recent bomb blast in the Delhi High Court could be a job of local militant groups rather than Pakistan-based terrorists, The Times of India (TOI) reported on Tuesday.

The TOI quoted Chidambaram saying that “We can no longer point to cross-border terrorism as a source of terror attacks in India.”

As reported earlier, a powerful bomb placed in a briefcase outside the High Court in New Delhi killed at least 11 people and wounded 76 on September 7, in an attack authorities said was claimed by a South Asian militant group linked to al Qaeda.

Authorities had said the Harkatul Jihad Islami (HUJI) militant group — an al Qaeda affiliate with bases in Pakistan and Bangladesh — had sent an email claiming responsibility.

Chidambaram said that being located close to Pakistan and Afghanistan, India has many reasons to worry about. He said “India was concerned about how to prevent the radicalisation of its youth.”

In the past, India has often blamed Pakistan for supporting terrorist groups who carry out attacks on Indian soil.

The TOI reported that the Home Minister said “That threat remains – but we must also look at Indian modules or India-based modules which are capable of carrying out terror attacks.”

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Reader Comments (23)

  • ashok sai
    Sep 13, 2011 - 10:38PM

    Mature statement, compare this with Rehman Malik’s – involvement of foreign…

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  • Hatim
    Sep 13, 2011 - 11:06PM

    India can no longer blame Pakistan because if they did they would be forced to take action which they would be unable to do so.

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  • sam
    Sep 13, 2011 - 11:15PM

    We Pakistanis should learn from our neighbor. Acceptance leads to a solution … no wonder we are still stuck with Karachi Killings, WOT and many more mess.

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  • kazim agha
    Sep 13, 2011 - 11:52PM

    yea, it always been useless to blame the Pakistan in every terrorist attack at India.Now india must check his inside radical elements and stop this blame game.

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  • Bhutto
    Sep 14, 2011 - 12:03AM

    He forgot to Mention that the emails sent to Delhi Police soon after the Blast wasn’t from Indian Muhajideen but was Hindu/Gujju’s from Ahmedabad.

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  • JJ
    Sep 14, 2011 - 12:54AM

    Thanks to Mr.P Chidambaram Indian Home Minister not blaming PAKISTAN this time.

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  • An_Indian
    Sep 14, 2011 - 12:59AM

    Fair enough Mr Home Minister. Really that was cool. So now what ? We all understand that we have people who are Indian by citizenship and anti-Indian in action and spirit. What else ? I don’t have to tell you that your job does not end there. This is not the first time that you have made such a statement. And this is not the first such attack. I found you really came down hard on the anti-graft Lokpal bill satyagraha aandolan. Where are those muscle flexing, where is the power. You seem to be speaking like a professor when you actually are the Home Minister. People are finding it really hard to believe that the UPA government is not soft on terror. 26/11 happened in your tenure and i, for one, have not forgotten the dozen something terror attacks all across India before 26/11 and after the take over of UPA1. Such predictable monologues after every terror attack by you and other senior ministers including the Prime Minister now sound like a ridiculous and redundant cruel joke the central message of which is that the common man in the street is expendable.Do you think we like it. Enough is enough, sir. Media mgmt and stuntmanship will not suffice. I guess, your accountability is at stake. So give me something more, sir. Yeh dil maange more…………..

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  • maestro
    Sep 14, 2011 - 1:37AM

    Very very intelligent and smart statement from the Indian Home Minister. Both Pak and India must understand that past policies of waging a ‘proxy” war must come to an end for this region and people to prosper peacefully. May our Pakistani leaders learn from this acceptance of local problems and address them.

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  • An_Indian
    Sep 14, 2011 - 1:43AM

    @Hatim:
    So this is your new alibi to avoid prosecution of 26/11 perpetrators and perpetrators of such other attacks like the Mumbai bombing etc. Grow up man. You know something, you make these statements and then you say you are a muslim and Pakistani; it brings bad name to Islam and Pakistan. Notwithstanding the limitations of my understanding I can say without a doubt that peace, equality and justice are some of the fundamental pillars to Islam. Then how come a word like ISLAMIC TERROR has found so frequent usage. The name of a religion where people greet each other with ” peace be upon you ” is getting synonymous to violence and terror. There is a striking analogy and simultaneity with which the meanings of the words ISLAM, JEHAD and PAKISTAN have been degraded meaning-wise and usage-wise. Its not just India. The whole world point to Pakistan with most of the terror attacks now. You mean to say all are wrong and you are the only one right. If that is so then it means God must have been cruel on you which God has never been to anybody ever. Justice is fundamental to any and every way of life. ISLAM is no exception. I hope we both are on the same page on this.

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  • Sep 14, 2011 - 2:57AM

    Vienna,13-09-2011
    The Home Minister´s statement should not be misunderstood.
    There is a pending list of Indian fugitives handed over to Pakistani
    counterparts.In other words,the Home Minister is trying to be
    careful at the same time not denying the responsibility of home
    grown wrong doers sheltered in Pakistan, the same way Haqqani
    network operating in Afghanistan.It is clear from the mentioning
    of inter connection of Af-Pak terror environment.Come on what
    is on in Kabul today is not unrelated. There is nothing for
    Pakistan to cheer itself by the statement.
    Taravadu Taranga Trust for Media Monitoring TTTMM India
    —Kulamarva Balakrishna

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  • Baby Houston
    Sep 14, 2011 - 5:08AM

    @JJ: For your kind information Chidambaram did not blame Pakistan even last multiple bombings. But appreciate your praise.

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  • sumeet
    Sep 14, 2011 - 6:00AM

    next year is UP election.so chiddu is preparing from now,but to no avail.

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  • AD
    Sep 14, 2011 - 8:34AM

    He has not cracked a Single blast case during his tenure as HM.He is just a trying to look person in control.What a waste.

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  • Kazmis
    Sep 14, 2011 - 8:51AM

    Kashmris, Indian Mujaheddin,SIMI and HUJI, beside Nixal, Punjabi Sikhs, etc are to break India the reason is only one that in 1947, India was not partitioned fairly for Muslims just thinking that depriving the millions of Muslims of India is a success but it was the fault which will never keep India intact. Mr. Chidambaram and others are realizing it now. Now India will not break according to any boundary commission report but spontaneously. The Muslims of India can never mix with Hindus and the proof is parallel cultures, parallel languages and parallel nature. A fair division was the only solution but unfair approach of Hindus destroyed the whole region in 64 years.

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  • akash
    Sep 14, 2011 - 9:06AM

    Well, the feeling that anyone sneezes in India and blame goes to Pakistan is completely nonense as is shown by Home Minister. India has never blamed Pakistan unless we find evidence of terrorist based groups or support from them.

    There may be few like Samjhauta, but the perception that pakistan is blamed for every attack is far removed from reality. Even in Samjhauta (or in case of handling the wrong list of terrorist to pakistan), if there is a mistake we own it, we accpet it and try to rectify it. We do not blame you for naxalite troubles here.

    Hope pakistan also one day accpet the shortcomings and work on them!!

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  • from india
    Sep 14, 2011 - 9:53AM

    Indian Mujaheedin is a frontline of Laskar in India. If he is talking about Saffron terror, then let me tell you they will never target areas where majority are Hindus. If you see the pattern of RSS, then they generally carry out the attack in mosques or areas full of Muslims.

    Oh btw, many people are even not ruling out the possibility of UPA being involved in it, so as to divert the attention from Lokpal. What do you have to say on that Mr. Home Minister ?

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  • Sep 14, 2011 - 11:06AM

    There are powerful interests in the establishments on both sides who don’t want peace – or who, at the very least, want to push their own agendas that have no space for the political constraints of the other side. In the context of India-Pakistan relations — more they talk, the less they’ll bite. And the more they talk, the closer they can get to understanding each other’s perceptions and moving closer to taking steps that the other side would welcome. This is not to endorse ‘talking just for the sake of talking’ but to underline the point that, given the lengthy periods in which there has been no dialogue, any contact is better than none. Truly said “Peace is not an event but a process”.

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  • Hatim
    Sep 14, 2011 - 11:06AM

    @An_Indian

    The Indian media has been constantly demanding the government to take action against the alleged Mumbai attackers in Pakistan. They compare themselves to the USA and equate this demand to the OBL compound raid. India is not USA.

    If this was a Pakistan based attack what would happen? The BJP and the media would demand concrete action against Pakistan. Then what? It’s not like India can go to war with Pakistan over a terrorist attack. Better not risk the government’s legitimacy by not getting into a situation where you will not be able to do what you have promised.

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  • Rock
    Sep 14, 2011 - 12:17PM

    @Hatim: I hope one day you will get mature and peaceful. What you need is peace and meditation in your life.

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  • A Pakistani
    Sep 14, 2011 - 1:05PM

    the war on terror is being faced by a number of countries.. lets at least fight our own battles instead of this blame-game.. what has our own internal security done to prevent such attacks and find these so-called al qaeda militants operating from within our own countries… just shows that even the Indians, rather than taking care of their own issues, want to assign them to Pakistan.. well sorry Indians but blaming Pakistan won’t solve the issues on your soil, nor will they help us solve the issues on our own – we are already full-out in trying to battle militants on our soil for this war on terror.. its good to see an Indian Minister taking ownership of the issue that will help the entire region…

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  • Paras Vikmani
    Sep 14, 2011 - 2:08PM

    We have to prevent the radicalization of our Hindu and Muslim youth.

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  • Sep 14, 2011 - 2:12PM

    @An_Indian: Well said brother whether it is Muslim terror Hindu terror or Maoist terror ……………. we are not interested in the category just do your job and stop all of them .

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  • An_Indian
    Sep 14, 2011 - 9:11PM

    @jagjit sidhoo: Bang on man. Jagjit Sidhoo rocks.

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