The government on Friday rejected the Opposition's demand for appointing an inquiry commission into the 26/11 Mumbai [ Images ] attacks, saying it was 'surprising' that it was being made six months after the terror strike.
"I don't think there is a need for a Commission of Inquiry. We are not going to appoint it," Home Minister P Chidambaram [ Images ] told reporters.
"I am amused by that demand. As far as the Mumbai attacks of 26/11 is concerned, we have all the facts. I have gone into all the records and we are quite clear on how it happened and I have shared it with the House," he said.
The Home Minister said the Opposition's demand for a Commission of Inquiry six months after the event was surprising.
"Besides, I would like to ask, did the National Democratic Alliance government appoint a Commission of Inquiry after Kandahar? Did they appoint a Commission of Inquiry after the Parliament was attacked? I don't think that these kind of statements are going to help the situation," he added.
Chidambaram said the role of such commissions is to instruct the government when it does not know the facts or is not in possession of the facts. He noted that the Pradhan Commission Report has also clarified facts on the events related to the attacks.
Earlier today, Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha L K Advani [ Images ] described the Mumbai attacks as an 'invasion on India' [ Images ] launched from Pakistan and demanded setting up of an inquiry commission at central level to determine what went wrong and suggest steps to prevent the recurrence of such terror strikes.