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Terrorists delisted

India’s Home Ministry has delisted 142 terrorists from the list. The list had names of 169 Sikhs. Somebody filed a petition in the Delhi High Court and pleaded that the list should be reviewed as it has led to unnecessary harassment of those individuals at airports and embassies across the world as their passports were not renewed. The Delhi High Court ordered the Home Ministry to take a decision. The Home Ministry consulted Punjab government and security agencies and deleted 25 names in August 2010 and 117 names in April 2011.

On what basis the Home Ministry decide to delete the names? Why did it not appeal to the Supreme Court against Delhi High Court’s order? Were the people innocent? If so, why were their names in the list? In that case the country needs to know that answer and to who was responsible for the mistake. If not, why were they delisted? Why were no efforts made to extradite them? Why nobody from Home Ministry told the Delhi High Court that what the people face was not unnecessary harassment but just action?

The 142 persons will be free to come to India and preach secession. They can do so in Delhi. The government is incapable of taking action against secessionists as was evident in the case of Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Arundhati Roy. The police registered a case after somebody filed a complaint.

What will happen to India’s Most Wanted in Pakistan? Will someone file a petition in some High Court and the Home Ministry delist them? If Indian government is not serious about fight against terrorism it should say so publicly instead of paying lip service to fight against terrorism and sending lists to Pakistan.

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