BJP on Sunday praised President Pranab Mukherjee for his statement that Pakistan should dismantle terror infrastructure on its soil,saying he has really spoken for the people of the country and the Centre should learn a lesson from him.
Apparently hitting out at the government for holding talks at the highest-level despite tensions along the border,senior party leader Ravi Shankar Prasad on Sunday said India has failed to learn the lessons “rightly”.
“Is the government going to take some lessons from ‘Rashtrapatij’ (the President) who has really spoken for the people of the country and their feeling that Pakistan must dismantle the infrastructure of terror.
“Talk and terrorism cannot go hand in hand. I regret to say that Centre is yet to learn the lesson rightly,” Prasad said when reporters asked for his reaction about Pakistan High Commissioner to India Salman Bashir’s remarks that talks should continue irrespective of what was happening at the border.
Prasad said he was more concerned about the Indian government than the suggestion made by Bashir,because the talks between the Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan in New York was taking place when “planning in the Keran sector was being executed by the Pakistan Army”.
President Pranab Mukherjee in an interview to a Turkish daily had said,”We demand of Pakistan that the infrastructures created by the terrorist outfits in your territories,dismantle them! Keep your commitments to India,don’t allow terrorists to use your land to perpetrate their nefarious activities on India”.
Mukherjee had said that “unless that atmosphere is created,how could you talk about other developments?”
Army had on Saturday foiled a major infiltration bid along the LoC in Keran sector of Kashmir,killing four militants,as the operation against the infiltrating ultras in the area entered 12th day on Sunday.
A group of militants had tried to infiltrate into Kashmir through Keran sector on September 24 but were intercepted by the Army.
He also credited the President for the withdrawal of the ordinance on convicted lawmakers,saying “the whole world knows ‘Rashtrpatiji’ had called council of ministers an asked them certain questions about the ordinance”.
“The belated entry of Rahul Gandhi with that trademark comment was not the factor (for the withdrawal of the ordinance),the mood of the country was the factor,” the
Congress leader said.