New Delhi: In the wake of Thursday's twin blasts in Hyderabad, BJP on Friday said there was need to "de-politicize" the intelligence agencies so that they can focus on national security.

Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Arun Jaitley cautioned against the lowering of guard while dealing with terrorism and said the intelligence network in the country should be "depoliticized".

"Please allow our intelligence network to be used primarily for national security. If you use the network for quasi political intelligence, I think it is a waste of national resources. Therefore, the need to depoliticize the
intelligence network is extremely important," he said.

Jaitley said the country should not allow its guard down as both state and non-state players across the border are working against the country.

"We cannot allow our guard to be lowered. There are different kinds of players, both state and non-state who are working across the border. Therefore there can be no lowering of the guard. Whenever we lower our guard, the terrorists will strike," he said.

The BJP leader said, "Yesterday's incident is a reminder to us that the war against terror must go on uninterrupted and we expect the Home Minister to assure us on this."

He said the strength of the intelligence lies in how to infiltrate in the modules of terrorists. He also questioned the government on whether it had initiated steps to prevent likely terror attacks in the wake of recent executions of Ajmal Kasab and Afzal Guru.

Jaitley said other countries have geared up their intelligence networks after terror strikes in their respective countries but why not in India.

He also asked the Centre to step up cooperation with states with regard to sharing of intelligence reports pertaining to terrorism, saying it is the primary responsibility of the Centre to gather reports of terrorist modules and share with states, while calling for strengthening of law and order in states.

(Agencies)

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