Vol. 4 Num 94 Fri. August 29, 2003  

Bal Thackeray call for unleashing 'terror' in Pakistan

The founder of Mumbai's ruling far-right Hindu party called for India to unleash "terrorism" on rival Pakistan Thursday to avenge car bombings in the city that left 52 people dead.

No senior Indian official has directly blamed Pakistan for Monday's attacks, which police believe international militant groups may have been involved in after discovering traces of RDX explosive in the bombs.

But Bal Thackeray, whose Shiv Sena party shares power in Mumbai with the BJP-party of Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, had no doubt Islamabad was responsible.

Thackeray called for India to employ guerrillas and arm citizens to create a "bigger monster" to fight Pakistan.

"Terrorism is growing today from a craze aimed at making the whole world Islamic. To counter this, a bigger terrorism is needed," Thackeray said in his party mouthpiece Samna, which means "Confrontation."

"Terrorism will not die just by creating stringent laws. It has to be countered by arming common people also. That is also one way of creating a bigger monster that crushes the current form of terrorism."

Thackeray, whose party is part of the federal coalition, said he recently told Deputy Prime Minister Lal Krishna Advani that India should "plant members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) from Sri Lanka in Pakistan and create terror there."