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Congress never soft towards terrorists, says Azad

Posted on Feb 22, 08:52PM | IANS

Hyderabad, Feb 22 : Congress has never been soft on terrorists, union Health Minister and senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad Friday said.

"We were neither soft in the past nor we will be in future," he told reporters after visiting the scene of the twin blasts, which killed 16 people and injured over 100.

He claimed that Congress ensured stringent punishment to terrorists whether they were from outside the country or inside.

Condemning the bomb blasts, he described them as an attack on India's unity and integrity.

"The central and state governments will make every effort to ensure that those involved are brought to book no matter in which corner of the country they are," said Azad, who is also incharge of party affairs in Andhra Pradesh.

He did not agree that it was a failure of police. He pointed out the kind of congested lanes and bylanes in India are not found anywhere in the world

Azad agreed that there were similarities between the twin blasts and those occurred in the past at Pune, Malegaon and Ajmer. "Cycles were used in the blasts even in Kashmir," said the former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir.

Azad later called on the injured at different hospitals and directed the authorities to provide all possible help for their better treatment.