New Delhi: Noting that there was greater appreciation in the international community of the threat that exists to the region and the world from the terror emanating from Pakistan, government on Thursday said it would protect the people of the country from such acts of violence.
In her customary address to the joint sitting of Parliament, President Pratibha Patil termed the terror attack on Mumbai as an attempt to retard the country’s economic progress and said this and terrorist incidents in various cities were assaults on all the values of the country.
“There is greater appreciation in the international community of the threat that exists to the region and the world from the terrorism emanating from Pakistan,” she said.
The President said the nation faced multiple internal security challenges and the country witnessed terrorist attacks in several cities with growing levels of sophistication and assistance from outside the country and many innocent lives have been lost.
“The terrorist attack in Mumbai as well as the terrorist incidents in Delhi, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Bengaluru and Assam and before that on our embassy in Kabul, were an assault on all the values that our country stands for,” she said.
”The attack in Mumbai was deliberately planned to retard our economic progress. My government is heartened by the international support it has received after these attacks. There is greater appreciation in the international community of the threat that exists to the region and the world from the terrorism emanating from Pakistan,” the President said.
Patil said the government has strengthened the country’s internal security to protect people from mindless acts of violence and a number of steps have been taken in this regard which include establishment of National Investigation Agency and amendment of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
“These measures have strengthened the legal and investigative framework to tackle terrorist forces. While arming the internal security apparatus with these powers, all care would be taken to uphold legal procedures and prevent any misuse of such powers,” she said adding a comprehensive plan has been drawn up to strengthen maritime and coastal security against threats from sea.
The President said Left wing extremism remained a major concern in several states and the government has adopted a holistic approach to tackle this problem in close coordination with the affected states through modernisation of police forces and better implementation of socio-economic development programmes for the most backward regions.