'Karkare Remark Didn't Weaken Fight Against Terror'

'Karkare Remark Didn't Weaken Fight Against Terror'
Senior Congress leader Digivijay Singh today rejected the charge that he had weakened the fight against cross-border terrorism with his controversial comments on slain Maharashtra ATS chief Hemant Karkare.

"Such criticism was made by those who feel hurt when the RSS name cropped up in terror activities," the AICC general secretary told reporters after releasing a book RSS Conspiracy 26/11? at a function here.

"I have always maintained Pakistani terrorists were involved in Mumbai attacks," Singh said.

The Congress leader recently said Karkare had told him over the telephone before the Mumbai terror attack that he was under threat from right-wing groups over his handling of the Malegaon bomb blast case.

Referring to his conversation with Karkare, Singh said the BSNL did not keep call records of over 12 months.

Earlier addressing a gathering, the Congress leader wondered how his comments about Karkare being under pressure from Hindu groups made on December six were published four days later.

"Was it just a coincidence that Wikileaks on the same day said former Union Minister A R Antulay and myself had politicised 26/11 attacks?" he asked.

Lashing out at VHP leader Ashok Singhal over his certain remarks against UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Singh said strict action should be taken against him for making such a provocative statement.

"Violence is in their character and hatred is their strategy," he told reporters referring to the Sangh Parivar.

To a question on why he had chosen to release the book, authored by journalist Aziz Burney, when he believed that 26/11 was the handiwork of Pakistani terrorists, Singh said the book's title had a question mark over RSS role.

"It is not a statement of facts," he said.

Singh asked the BJP and the RSS to do serious introspection about their functioning since whatever good work they do somewhere gets diluted due to acts of some of the cadres who "connive" and "support" acts of terror.

Singh said liberal Indians should come together to fight fundamentalists.

"This is the fight against an ideology and should be fought ideologically. I am against banning any organisation because it will not yield result," he said when asked if he favoured a ban on RSS.

Singh said he did not entirely agree with contents of Burney's as well as former cop S M Mushriff's book on 26/11 terror attacks.

He told the gathering the slain ATS chief had saved Indian Muslims from "disgrace".

Singh said Indian Muslims had opposed M A Jinnah who divided the country whereas BJP leaders like L K Advani and Jaswant Singh had glorified the founder of Pakistan describing him as a secular.
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