Pathankot attack: Congress tells PM Modi to ‘neither walk nor talk with terror’

The Congress targeted National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, saying the entire Pathankot operation was mishandled by him in the absence of the Prime Minister and the Home Minister in Delhi.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: January 8, 2016 9:52 am
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As the government on Thursday linked the forthcoming foreign secretary-level talks to “prompt and decisive action” by Pakistan on the evidence provided by India on the Pathankot terror attack, the Congress told Prime Minister Narendra Modi that he should “neither walk, nor talk with terror.”

In yet another scathing attack on the PM for his “immature handling” of Pakistan, Congress said that he had belittled the stature of the office he holds.

“Modi’s Pakistan policy is confused, lacks continuity and is bereft of institutional guidance. It is like an unguided missile which creates a spectacle when fired, but loses trajectory and inevitably crash-lands. Stop embarrassing India,” said senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal. He added that Congress believed in talks with Pakistan, “but not under threat…that is why our Prime Minister never visited Pakistan. He never dropped in.”

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“Mr Prime Minister, it is our advice that you should neither walk, nor talk with terror. And when the country is in the midst of dealing with a terrorist threat, then it is time to skip yoga lessons and be in Delhi to take charge. A supple body also needs a supple mind. A little circumspection before dropping in at the padosi’s birthday party might have saved us the embarrassment. Sometimes a hug can become a bug,” he said.
Congress also pointed out that while in opposition, the BJP had opposed the UPA government’s proposal to set up a National Counter Terrorism Center (NCTC) to streamline intelligence gathering to tackle terror better.

“Today, they realise that had they put the NCTC in place, we would not have suffered in this manner,” said Sibal.
Referring to PM’s Lahore visit, he added, “Acceptance of such an informal invitation without any preparatory homework is unbecoming of a Prime Minister, who has exposed himself to ridicule after yet another betrayal by Pakistan at Pathankot. Though Modi and his bhakts (supporters) may term his presence at a family event as out-of-the-box diplomacy, it is in reality ‘mindless diplomacy’. Modi’s uncharacteristic surprises often end up embarrassing the nation,” said Sibal. He said that “mindless wooing of Pakistan is bound to result in betrayal”.

The Congress targeted National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, saying the entire Pathankot operation was mishandled by him in the absence of the Prime Minister and the Home Minister in Delhi.


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  1. A
    Jan 8, 2016 at 2:34 am
    Oh we can understand your concerns congis, u dont want any compeion for embarring the country, what you hav done for years, you are afraid that you wont have a stan excuse to push the blame and divert peoples attention, or terrorists to help for the same..
  2. A
    Jan 8, 2016 at 5:03 am
    If asia pacific sticks together a lot more good things can happen... With iran fallout, saudi can become a good player if we r together with other nations like pak and afghan...etc... With gas deals this diplomacy is showing success... america/china are really scared... trust this man for five years.. already we are years ahead from if we had chosen congress... kudos to pm... not buckling under pressure to please people at the cost of bilateral relations for the greater good The roadmap is clear
  3. K
    Kiran Krishna
    Jan 8, 2016 at 4:08 am
    I am a supporter of bjp . But I have to say, Modi`s policy regarding stan is rubbish. There was no need for him to visit stan
  4. B
    Jan 8, 2016 at 10:11 am
    Who is kapil Sibal? Oh, yes, that zero loss joker! Mr. Joker, go and tell Mr. Idea and Mr. Khurshid not to walk and talk the talk against my PM and country in stan. You better restrict yourself to defending criminals like Sonia and Rahul as a lawyer,
  5. M
    Jan 8, 2016 at 3:31 am
    Success, Success, major-break breakthrough. That is what we see all the time with absolutely no reality. By far Naren is worst of all.
  6. S
    Jan 8, 2016 at 5:13 am
    I think visiting to stan was a master-stroke by Modi. He never wanted to talk with Pak as long as it wages terrorism in our country. It is after huge pressure from Media, opposition and left intellectuals that he had to talk to Pak. After cancellation of NSA level talks, Modi visited stan to show that he is actually not against talks. The Pathankot attack justifies Modi's stand of not talking to Pak in the first place. It was kind of Deja-vu that such attacks are likely to happen after any peace talk
  7. S
    Jan 8, 2016 at 5:03 am
    If Modi does not talk with stan as terror and talk cannot go with each other, Congress slams Modi that He should Talk, "Our PM Manmohan always believed in a talk". If Modi talks with stan, Congress slams Modi that he should not talk with stan as talks cannot go under terror. "Our PM Manmohan never visited stan for talk" Double standards?
  8. V
    Jan 8, 2016 at 3:40 am
    After looting India, the Congressmen still have the balls to mention about embarrment... Note that the countrymen have been embarred by mis rule for decades ...there is absolutely no agenda left for them to fight on...halting the progress of the country by disturbing the Parliament...
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