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India-Pakistan joint statement not even worth the paper on which it’s written: Congress

Attacking Centre over its handling of Pakistan issue, Anand Sharma said, "Keeping in mind what has happened, we can say that there are no guidelines, no clear plans to engage with Pakistan on issues."

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: July 14, 2015 3:43 pm
Narendra Modi, Congress, India Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif, modi sharif, anand sharma, pakistan lakhvi, mumbai attack case, india news Congress spokesperson, Anand Sharma. (Source: PTI)

Congress on Tuesday dubbed as an “eyewash” the meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif in Ufa last week and said Modi must explain on what grounds he took the “big step”.

“The value and importance of the joint statement is not even worth the paper on which it is written, which is clear now,” party spokesperson Anand Sharma said reacting sharply to Pakistan asking for more evidence and information from India on Mumbai attack case.

Targeting Modi over the issue, Sharma said, “Prime Minister will have to reply to the nation on what grounds did he do it? What was the assurance which satisfied him to take such a big step?

“There was no reason for the joint statement after the PM’s meeting and it being presented by Pakistan in a different manner to embarrass India on the world stage.”

He was reacting to the statement of Pakistan Prime Minister’s Adviser on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, who on Monday made it clear “no dialogue will take place with India unless Kashmir issue is included in the agenda.”

While a joint statement issued after the Sharif-Modi talks in Ufa said the two sides will find ways and means to expedite the Mumbai trial, Aziz on Monday indicated that it will take some time, putting the onus on India as he asked for “more evidence and information” from India on the Mumbai attack.

“The statement given by Pakistan proves that the meeting was just an eyewash and the meeting was just for show without any seriousness. The nation has been shamed…,” Sharma said.

Attacking Centre over its handling of Pakistan issue, he said, “Keeping in mind what has happened, we can say that there are no guidelines, no clear plans to engage with Pakistan on issues.”

Finding fault with the joint statement, he said, “In this backdrop some concrete questions were left like punishing the perpetrators according to law. The economic roadmap between two countries was not mentioned.”

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  1. prakash gotimukul
    Jul 14, 2015 at 8:20 pm
    Congress with a huge team of unemplo members are so desperate that they are talking nonsense every other day on every point. But they fail to understand that no body is listening to them. Their minds have become so rusty that they are not able to read and comprehend what is going on. One good thing Modi has done. Keep all the pressutes and chamchas of congress away from corridors of power. So congress is making their point on rumours/half truths
    1. A
      Jul 15, 2015 at 11:30 am
      What about those joint statement papers written at your time?
      1. A
        Jul 15, 2015 at 1:48 pm
        For once Anand Sharma is right-- he does talk the truth on rare occasions. While MODI is fairly sure footed in his international diplomacy otherwise, he's bering along on stan, inexplicably changing positions when nothing significant has changed on the ground. The de-facto ruler of stan is it's new army chief, a formidable fellow who's cracked down hard on the MQM in Karachi, on terrorism and black money and is bent on keeping politicians in their place- including the Prime Minister. Wonder why Indian Prime Ministers cannot just sit back and watch developments closely for a while instead of jumping into a blind alley? All the more since MODI was a severe critic of MMS's failed stan policy, now he's going all out to outdo the latter!
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          Amar Nath
          Jul 14, 2015 at 5:05 pm
          What about Sharm Al Shaikh declaration Mr Anand Sharma. It is a permanent shame for this country.
          1. Milan Bhattacharya
            Jul 15, 2015 at 1:33 pm
            Perhaps they have forgotten the story of Nehru-Liyakat . How many times they have given joint statements how many times it failed.What our prime minister had done in the soil of foreign country is perfectly a gentleman act. Let the opposition barks in the street .
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