Train blasts echo in British Parliament
London: Strongly condemning the Samjhauta Express blasts, the British Parliament has urged India and Pakistan to remain committed to the peace process in the face of such murderous attacks.
Replying to an early-day motion, moved on Thursday by Labour MP Stephen Pound, Prime Minister Tony Blair described the blasts as a wicked act and stressed that the world needed to stand up and defeat the scourge of terrorism.
I agree entirely with my Hon. Friend, as I am sure that the whole House does... What is particularly interesting, as my hon. Friend showed, was that the train was a symbol of Hindus and Muslims working together, so it was a wicked act in itself, but it took on a particular proportion of tragedy and evil by the nature of the act and what it was directed towards. It shows, I am afraid, that, as he rightly said, this type of nihilistic terrorism is with us the world over, and the only response is to stand up to it and defeat it, Blair said.
The motion moved by Pound noted, That this House condemns those responsible for the terrorist attacks that killed 68 people and injured many more on the train from New Delhi, India to Lahore, Pakistan on Sunday, February 18, 2007; expresses its sympathy and condolences to the families of the killed and the injured; recognizes that by targeting civilians the terrorists seek to destabilize any opportunity for peace between two countries seeking to improve bilateral relationships and understanding.
It urged India and Pakistan to be firm in their resolution in the face of such murderous and indiscriminate attacks