Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Jasp, Siraj, no doubt you've seen this already. From The Malaysian Times–


As chaos unhinged across South East Asia, the Indian President, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam commanded the full force of the Indian government to "hunt down and to find" the terrorists responsible.

"Terrorism against our peoples will not stand," he declared Monday.

A Muslim –and the renowned Architect of India's missile arsenal– the president was in Tamil Nadu, visiting family, when news of the attacks arrived. The president scrapped his schedule even before hijacked Al-Qadar Airlines Flight 1012 crashed into the streets of Mumbai. Witnesses say the President was hastened back to this secure location in New Delhi —under escort by military fighter jets– at the first reports of attacks on Kuala Lumpur’s Petronas Towers in neighboring Malaysia.

In a conference room dotted by portraits of decorated Indian Air Force officers, the President announced today that the Indian military was still on "high-alert status."

"Freedom itself was attacked on 7/27 and I assure you freedom will be defended. Make no mistake. The Indian government will hunt down and pursue those responsible for these cowardly actions," Abdul Kalam said.

Earlier this week India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said India's western neighbors should stop groups using their territories to launch terrorist strikes, as security forces continued their investigations into the 7/27 attacks attack on South East Asia that left thousands dead in India, Indonesia and Malaysia.

"We will take up strongly with any country that the use of their territory for launching attacks on us will not be tolerated," Singh said in a televised address to the nation. "There would be a cost if suitable measures are not taken by them.'' He said the terrorists may have "external linkages."

"It is evident that the group which carried out these attacks, based outside the country, had come with single-minded determination to create havoc in the commercial capitals of the region," said Singh. He did not name any country in his speech.

Representatives of both the Malaysian and Indonesian governments provided no official comment on either the Indian President’s speech or the Prime Minister's comments. However several members of both nations expressed off the record admiration for both the Indian president and the Prime Minister.

©2006 The Malaysian Times