Congress on Tuesday rubbished foreign policy claims made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in an interview yesterday, insisting that India’s ties with China has worsened and infiltration and terror attacks from across the Pakistan border has escalated.
Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad wondered how can the Modi government call its foreign policy successful when more the meetings the Prime Minister has with leaders of neighbouring countries like China, the “more they go against us”. “As Prime Minister was trying to placate China, the Chinese forces were making incursions in our territory,” he said.
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Azad, a former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, said terrorism had virtually ceased in the valley way back in 2008, but the situation has taken a turn for the worse in the last two years. “There have been more ceasefire violations in the last two years than the last 60 years and we see terror attacks in Pathankot and Pampore,” he said, lamenting the rise in incidents of ambush of Indian security forces.
“We have gone back to the violence last seen in the 1990s,” he claimed. Seeking to dismiss the Prime Minister’s claim that China had turned lukewarm towards India after his grand welcome in the US, he said Rajiv Gandhi as PM had managed to maintain good relations with America, Russia and China at the same time.
“For two years, the Prime Minister was active in travelling abroad, but what has been the result of these travels?” he asked. Azad said the Congress would have been happier if the Prime Minister had held a press conference as journalists could have asked him questions, Azad said referring to his interview to a TV channel.