ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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India-Pakistan Relations

The suicidal attack on the Indian parliament building on December 13 merits condemnation in the strongest terms. India should be eternally grateful to the security forces whose members in the true spirit of discharging their duty laid down their lives.

What has not been adequately focused on is the 'lawmakers are above the law' dictum that India's MPs and even some ministers follow that frustrates and renders vulnerable any effective enforcement of security measures. The MPs' cars flashing lights rarely stop for security checks. They and even their accompanying hangers-on rarely go through any body-search. Many of the MPs manage to get six to eight cars pass though they are eligible for only one, making it possible for that many cars to roll in virtually unchecked. When one realises that many MPs including ministers, have criminal backgrounds, often serious ones at that, the dimensions and vulnerability of the security problem become glaring. It is actually the brighter side of the picture that the attack has been traced to Lashker-e-Toiba.

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