Govt Rejects Opposition’s Demand of Inquiry Commission into 26/11

The government has rejected the demand of Opposition leader LK Advani to appoint an Inquiry Commission into Mumbai terror attacks arguing that it was “surprising” that the demand is being made six months after the attacks.

“I don’t think there is a need for a Commission of Inquiry. We are not going to appoint it,” Home Minister P Chidambaram told media persons when asked to comment on the Opposition’s demand for a commission to look into the Mumbai attacks.

“I am amused by that demand…so far as the Mumbai attacks of 26/11 is concerned, we have all the facts. I have gone into all the records and we are quite clear on how it happened and I have shared it with the House,” he said.

The Home Minister said that after six months of the event, the demand is “surprising”.

“Besides, I would like to ask, did the NDA government appoint a Commission of Inquiry after Kandahar? Did they appoint a Commission of Inquiry after Parliament was attacked? I don’t think that these kind of statements are going to help the situation,” he added.

Chidambaram said that such commissions are meant to guide the government if it doesn’t know the facts or is not in possession of the facts.

The Pradhan Report has also clarified facts on the events relating to the attacks, the home minister said.

Earlier in the day, Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha L K Advani described the Mumbai attacks as an “invasion on India” launched from Pakistan and demanded setting up of an inquiry commission at central level to determine what went wrong and suggest steps to prevent recurrence of such terror strikes.

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