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Will send troops to Pakistan to crush terrorism, says BJP

April 13, 2009 19:06 IST

Striking an aggressive posture, Bharatiya Janata Party president Rajnath Singh on Monday said that if his party is voted to power, then India would send troops to Pakistan to crush terrorism in the neighbouring country, after taking international approval.

"If voted to power, the BJP government will ask Pakistan if it needs the support of the Indian army to crush terrorism. If Islamabad is agreeable, it is all right. If not, our government will approach the global community for its endorsement to send the Indian army to Pakistan," he told an election meeting at Airu village in Bihar.

"However, we will like Pakistan to first use its might to tackle terrorism and dismantle all terror networks operating from its territory," Singh said.

Accusing the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government at the Centre of having failed to effectively check terrorism, the BJP president said terror strikes in Mumbai and elsewhere in the country bore a 'testimony' to it.

The Manmohan Singh government has failed to instill a sense of confidence in the people about internal security of the nation, he charged.

Reaffirming the BJP's 'irrevocable commitment' to protect its frontiers and providing security to the people, Singh said, "Pokhran- II and the victory in the Kargil war are two shining examples of our commitment to internal and external security."

"National security is under the severest threat ever. In the 50 years of Congress rule, not only has the security aspect been compromised, but unemployment has increased manifold and prices of essential commodities have spiraled out of control," he said.

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