Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


PM condemns terrorist bombings in India

14 September 2008

PM condemns terrorist bombings in India

Prime Minister Helen Clark today condemns the series of bombings which has killed twenty people and injured more than ninety in central India’s capital city, New Delhi.

Five bombs exploded in three market areas and a further two were defused. An extremist group, Indian Mujahideen, has claimed responsibility for the blasts. The group is also believed to be behind the series of bomb blasts in Ahmedabad in July and in Jaipur in May this year.

"The actions of these extremists are all the more cowardly, coming in a busy week ahead of both Hindu and Muslim festivals," Helen Clark said today.

“I will be writing to India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to express New Zealand's great sadness at these events.

“New Zealand’s Governor-General Hon Anand Satyanand and Mrs Satyanand are currently in India, on the last day of a six day state visit. This has been the first such visit by a New Zealand Governor-General to India.

“I have asked the Governor-General to convey the condolences of the Government and people of New Zealand.

"Our Governor-General's visit has underlined the strong bonds between India and New Zealand. We extend our sympathy to India at this sad time.

“The New Zealand High Commission in New Delhi is liaising with Indian authorities. At this stage it is not believed that any New Zealanders were injured in the bombings,” Helen Clark said.

Current advice in the travel advisory tells New Zealanders in India to maintain a high level of vigilance in respect of their personal security.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Life And Times Of Peter Dunne

In the end, Mr Pragmatic calmly read the signs of impending defeat and went out on his own terms. You could use any number of clichés to describe Peter Dunne’s exit from Parliament.

The unkind might talk of sinking ships, others could be more reminded of a loaded revolver left on the desk by his Cabinet colleagues as they closed the door behind them, now that the polls in Ohariu had confirmed he was no longer of much use to National. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Campaign Launch

One of the key motifs of Ardern’s speech was her repeated use of the phrase – “Now, what?” Cleverly, that looks like being Labour’s response to National’s ‘steady as it goes’ warning against not putting the economic ‘gains’ at risk. More>>


Lyndon Hood: Social Welfare, Explained

Speaking as someone who has seen better times and nowadays mostly operates by being really annoying and humiliating to deal with, I have some fellow feeling with the current system, so I’ll take this chance to set a few things straight.. More>>


Deregistered: Independent Board Decision On Family First

The Board considers that Family First has a purpose to promote its own particular views about marriage and the traditional family that cannot be determined to be for the public benefit in a way previously accepted as charitable... More>>


Transport Policies: Nats' New $10.5bn Roads Of National Significance

National is committing to the next generation of Roads of National Significance, National Party Transport Spokesperson Simon Bridges says. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>


Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>


Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election