Self styled Chairman of the All India Anti Terrorist Front (AIATF) Maninder Singh Bitta Wednesday said the political leadership in the country was responsible for India’s emergence as a soft target to terrorism and stressed the need to formulate a stringent anti-terror act to combat the menace.
Bitta claimed that terror camps were flourishing in the country and called on the international community to declare Pakistan “a terrorist state”
The former president of the Indian Youth Congress was speaking to the media persons in the state capital Bhopal.
In what may be viewed as a pointer of his new-found political leanings – Bitta blasted the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government at the Centre and held it responsible for the spike in terror incidents over the last “four and a half years.”
Bitta said Ajmal Kasab — the lone terrorist who survived in the Mumbai carnage — should be handed over to the Army as his life was threatened by Islamic fundamentalists.
He criticized the UPA government for not executing death row prisoner Afzal Guru —the main accused in the December 13, 2001 Parliament attack.
Bitta also criticised the role of the CBI, RAW and urged that these agencies should be freed from the control of the Government to allow them work independently.
Once known to be a close associate of former Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao, Bitta also called for an immediate end to train and bus services to Pakistan saying the links could not be justified post 26/11 attacks on Mumbai.