PM Modi’s Pakistan policy focuses on optics, not outcome: Congress

The govt hit back, saying that the Congress was trying to mislead the country on such a sensitive issue and its “shameful” statements will boost the morale of people with “anti-national mindset”.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: January 6, 2016 3:13 am
Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma with Assistant Editor Manoj C G at The Indian Express office.  (Source: Express Photo by Ravi Kanojia) Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma with Assistant Editor Manoj C G at The Indian Express office. (Source: Express Photo by Ravi Kanojia)

Opposition Congress on Tuesday stepped up criticism of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Pakistan policy in the wake of the Pathankot terror strike, saying he focused on “optics” rather than “outcome” and argued that the environment at the moment is not conducive for talks. It did not demand cancellation of the forthcoming foreign secretary-level talks, leaving the tricky decision to the government.

Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma said: “Pathankot attack is an attack on India because one of the country’s airbases has been under attack for days.” He said the terror strike sparks many questions, like what was the understanding reached between the NSAs at their Bangkok meeting. “What was the assurance given that persuaded PM Modi to make a departure or make a dramatic visit to Lahore?” Sharma asked.

He said the UPA government had made the resumption of the comprehensive dialogue process conditional. The UPA government’s approach was “outcome over optics”, he said, adding “it is now optics first and outcome later.”

The government hit back, saying that the Congress was trying to mislead the country on such a sensitive issue and its “shameful” statements will boost the morale of people with “anti-national mindset”. “The Congress has crossed all limits today. At a time when it should keep in mind the sentiments of the people, it is questioning the martyrdom of our personnel… Such statements show its irresponsible behaviour on national security issue,” Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said.

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  1. Chandrashekhar Deshpande
    Jan 5, 2016 at 11:32 pm
    Mr. Sharma should explain his policy before and after Mumbai attack first.Whether it was optic or illusion? Sharman-e shaikh was optic or outcome?
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      mklburg
      Jan 5, 2016 at 11:51 pm
      THE TRAITOR SPEAKING!
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        PROF P
        Jan 7, 2016 at 6:23 am
        Congress is dead now ! The corrupt theifs and dacoits have done enough of loot in this country. The public of India will again never give the power to Congress.... Never... Never....Never.... No Power to Dacoits Corrupts , Scammers.
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          Rudra
          Jan 6, 2016 at 12:55 am
          WHAT IS YOUR POLCY? HOLDING THE ITALIAN SAREE AND RUNNING BEHIND HER....LOOKING FOR A BICUIT FROM HER....Shameless and Spineless crooks
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