Indian political parties and leaders
"… If Afghanistan has given shelter to terrorists, so has Pakistan. Why did Powell not say a word about cross-border terrorism in Kashmir? Or assure India that it would help combat terrorism in Kashmir? … What is happening in Kashmir is not jehad... the militants are killing innocents and that is wrong. Islam does not allow this… We are against the excesses of the Indian forces in Kashmir, but do not condone the terrorism there… I am against anything that weakens my country. The Indian government made a big mistake by offering all help to the US. You cannot use a terrorist (the USA) to beat back terrorism… Does Osama become guilty just because US says so? If Osama did it (attacks on US) then the US should allow his trial by Islamic law in an OIC (Organisation of Islamic Countries) member country... Till Osama bin Laden is proved guilty all Muslims are with him… The Taliban's courage in the face of an enormous enemy had to be admired.... I salute their courage... Musharraf thinks he's beaten India in garnering US favour, but he is trapped. His regime will not last long after supporting the US action in Afghanistan… We believe the Jews were responsible for the WTC attacks. About 4,000 Jews worked at the towers but not a single one came to work on that day…"
-- Syed Bukhari, Shahi Imam, Jamma Masjid, New Delhi, October 18, 2001
"[India joining the attack launched against Afghanistan] "would have dangerous consequences for our region and for national sovereignty… By launching a full-scale war against Afghanistan, the main sufferers will be the people of that country…"
-- Joint Statement by the Communist party of India, Communist party of India-Marxist, Forward Bloc and Revolutionary Socialist Party, October 8, 2001
"[We support the war but sympathize with the] "innocent citizens of Afghanistan''... [The party notes] with sadness that Afghanistan has once again been pushed into the trauma of war… If this is to be a global effort, all those spots, which are suffering from terrorism, need to be addressed, and Jammu and Kashmir is one of them… We are still to see a satisfactory global coalition that addressed concerns and interests of India…''
-- Jaipal Reddy, Spokesperson, Indian National Congress, October 8, 2001
"… India would have to fight terrorism on its own... What concerns us more are incidents such as the attack on the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly… [We are solidly behind government on fighting against terroroism] The best course [for the opposition] is to meet the Prime Minister who is always available and place their concern before him. We have a Prime Minister who is always ready to discuss these issues"…"
-- Jana Krishnamurthy, President, Bharatiya Janata Party, October 8, 2001
"…The Blair-Vajpayee meeting was not a tea party. He [Prime Minister Vajpayee] should have spoken of India's concerns about cross-border terrorism in front of the TV cameras in the presence of [British Prime Minister Tony] Blair. The country expected him to do so. He owes an explanation to the people as to why he did not mention Pakistan in this public interaction… Obviously, the minister [Jaswant Singh, Minister for External Affairs] was unable to convince these [Western] capitals [on India’s] concern at the continuance of Pakistan-sponsored terrorism… This is because he is the only foreign minister in the world who has escorted three hard core terrorists in an aeroplane to Kandahar in 1999. One of them, Mohammad Azhar, is a member of Al Qaida and is responsible for the attack on the Jammu and Kashmir legislative assembly. This is known to the entire world. That is why when Jaswant Singh speaks of terrorism, he carries no conviction. Otherwise, Blair would have been more sensitive to our concerns when he spoke before the TV cameras…''
-- K. Natwar Singh, Former Minister of State for External Affairs, India, and Convenor, Foreign Policy Cell, Indian National Congress, October 8, 2001
"… without showing the world, proof of Osama Bin Laden's involvement in the September 11 attacks, America has taken the law in its own hands and waged a war against Islam…. President George Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair have openly declared a war against Islam and they will have to pay for it… Unless one finishes America, one cannot remove terrorism from the world. And like the Soviet Union paid for its mistakes in Afghanistan, America too will have to pay for its misadventure there… They [the Taliban] will be able to beat the missiles and the bombs that America throws at them because they believe their lives are for Allah… Till the time that injustice against the Muslims around the world is not stopped, America will not be allowed to rest in peace…"
-- Syed Ahmed Bukhari, Shahi Imam, Jama Masjid, New Delhi, October 8, 2001
"The National Democratic Alliance supports unreservedly and wholeheartedly the Prime Minister and the Government on the steps taken so far, are being taken now and will have to be taken in future in the global fight against terrorism.''
-- Ruling National Democratic Alliance Resolution, September 26, 2001
-- Resolution of the Congress Working Committee, September 20, 2001
-- I. K. Gujral, Former Prime Minister, September 19, 2001
"The U.S. administration must take strong and determined steps to prevent the recurrence of such incidents and punish the guilty. It should be obvious that hate cannot be the basis of fighting hatred, which is at the root of international terrorism… It should also be made clear that global effort to root out international terrorism will never be effective if it is fought with selective and piecemeal approach… We do not want India to be sucked into the fight without the country benefiting in its fight against terrorism. "
-- Shambhu Shrivastawa, General Secretary and Spokesperson, Samata Party, September 18, 2001
"In this hour of grief of the American people, let not America be alone. The people of Jammu and Kashmir and indeed the whole world is with them. Let us be united and work together to wipe out terrorism from the face of this earth so that mankind can live in peace.''
-- Farooq Abdullah, Chief Minister, Jammu and Kashmir, September 17, 2001
"… This is a critical juncture and we should not take any hasty decision. No doubt, terrorism has become a major threat to the world peace and we must support the US in curbing this scourge. But while doing so we must refrain from maligning Islam just because the suspects happen to be the Muslims. This will require an extra cautious approach especially since the fundamentalists of different religions have remained so active in several parts of the country…"
-- Mohammad Shafi Moonis, Leader, Jamat-e-Islami, September 17, 2001
"We have our interests in fighting terrorism, because we are facing it, but suppose the U.S. invades a country in order to remove terrorist bases there, what should be our reaction? This has to be decided based on our self-interest''.
-- V. P. Singh. Former Prime Minister, September 14, 2001
"Our battle is not over; nor will it be over quickly as Pakistan continues to aid and abet terrorism… These generals have to be brought to book as they are training killers and perpetuating terrorism.'' He had urged the then Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi, to destroy the training camps in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, but the suggestion was not taken seriously. If there was war with Pakistan, he ``will be in the forefront with an AK-47 rifle to take them on''.
-- Farooq Abdullah, Chief Minister, Jammu and Kashmir, September 14, 2001
… [The attacks were a] "crime against humanity''… [The terror unleashed] "is unparalleled in its enormity and unpardonable in its barbarity''… "The enormity of the loss and the cruelty of those responsible for it leaves us numb."
-- Sonia Gandhi, Leader of the Opposition and President, Indian National Congress, September 13, 2001
"It is a challenge to human civilisation. The thinking people all over the world should come together to condemn the attacks and to evolve a system in the world whereby no other country faces such a situation in future… I am surprised at the statement of the Afghanistan Government defending Osama bin Laden
-- K. Jana Krishnamurti, President, Bharatiya Janata Party, September 13, 2001
"…It is an attack on humanity and not on one nation… Let no more innocents be killed… Nations having respect and concern for human rights should join hands and stand behind America in the fight against terrorism''.
-- Farooq Abdullah, Chief Minister, Jammu and Kashmir, September 13, 2001
Communist Party of India-Marxist, September 21, 2001, Press Statement.
Press Statement of the Communist Party of India-Marxist, September 14, 2001.
"[Terrorism and state-terrorism] only let loose a chain of retaliatory attacks in an ever rising crescendo of violence"
-- Central Secretariat, Communist Party of India, September 13, 2001
-- Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist), September 13, 2001
"It is an open secret all these years that Taliban and Pakistan's establishment have been hand in glove in unleashing terrorism on India which has taken away more than 53,000 precious lives during the last two decades… When the US, India and others were clear that the fight was not against any religion but against terrorism, it was irony that some of the Muslim organisation were terming any possible action against Afghanistan as an attack on Islam… terrorism should not be attributed to any religion… Terrorism can not be compartmentalised. It is the responsibility of all countries who are determined to root out terrorism to see that a world view of terrorism is kept in mind and appropriate action from this view point should be undertaken… Let there be no doubt that India has joined hands with all those countries who have joined to fight international terrorism… [We support] all the efforts of Central Government to eliminate terrorism in coordination with the efforts undertaken by America and other countries…"
-- K. Jana Krishnamurti, President, Bharatiya Janata Party, September 13, 2001
"… The present terrorist attack has also shown the tragic truth that accumulation of latest and most sophisticated weapons of offense and defence, and unleashing an arms race on land, in seas, and even in outer space, do not guarantee internal security… Our country as well as several countries of the third world have been victims of terrorism and state terrorism sponsored or connived at by the super power… [The attack on the USA]… is a lesson that in the first place, the US leaders should note at this grim hour…"
-- Communist Party of
India, Central Secretariat, Press Statement,
-- K S Sudarshan, Chief, Rashtriya Swayam Sewak Sangh, September 13, 2001
-- Subramanian Swamy, President, Janata Party, September 12, 2001
-- K. Jana Krishnamurti, President, Bharatiya Janata Party, September 12, 2001
"… The BJP is of the firm opinion that terrorism is a war against the human race. When terrorism is inspired by political and religious beliefs it becomes more lethal. The world is seeing it in the worst form toda.''
-- Narendra Modi, General Secretary, Bharatiya Janata Party, September 12, 2001