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Pakistan boat row: Congress playing dirty politics, Rahul Gandhi should clarify, says BJP

Rahul Gandhi should clarify if he favours his spokespersons supporting the cause of terrorists and Pakistan, said BJP.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Published: January 5, 2015 5:10 pm
Pakistan boat, Pak boat explosion, Porbandar boat explosion, Karachi, The vessel, Qalandar, was captained by a Karachi resident

Accusing Congress of playing “dirty politics” over the Pakistani boat issue, BJP on Monday demanded that its vice president Rahul Gandhi clarify whether he supports his party leaders speaking Pakistan’s language.

BJP said that Gandhi, who has so far remained silent on the issue, should have come out in support of the role played by the security forces in averting a possible terror attack.

By remaining silent, Gandhi is according his nod to the Congress spokespersons who have raised question marks about the role of security agencies in the episode which occurred off the coast of Gujarat on New Year’s night, BJP said.

“While the whole nation is appreciating the role of the security forces in aborting a 26/11-like attack, Congress is negating the role of alert security forces. (It) is playing dirty politics on the issue of terror.

“Rahul Gandhi should clarify if he favours his spokespersons supporting the cause of terrorists and Pakistan,” BJP national secretary Shrikant Sharma told reporters here.

Remarks by Congress leaders raising doubt over the incident are lowering the morale of the forces who are constantly on the vigil protecting the land and sea boundaries of the country, he said.

Coming out strongly against Congress, Sharma said that after the public punished it in the Lok Sabha elections for its “dirty politics”, was the opposition party now planning to contest elections in Pakistan under terrorist Hafiz Saeed’s leadership.

“After its bad defeat in elections in the country and going by the pro-Pakistan language of its leaders, is Congress planning to contest (elections in Pakistan under the leadership of Hafiz Saeed, as there is a leadership crisis within it,” he said.

Sharma also charged that Congress leaders have in the past played politics on the issue of terror by speaking out in favour of terrorists.

In a mid-sea operation, a suspected Pakistani fishing boat carrying explosives was intercepted by the Coast Guard in the Arabian Sea but caught fire and exploded with all four crew members on board.

Reports in a section of the media have questioned the government version about the episode and Congress has latched on to these to ask the government to come clean on the issue.

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    Jan 6, 2015 at 3:11 pm
    Indian forces are now free to do whatever it takes to protect India. There had been a constant flow of arms, fake money and terrorists between stan and India for the last several years, unchecked by the UPA Government. Now that there is a new Government in India, hopefully things will change. Ship loads of Indian currency printed in stan had been flowing to India for many years now, which made impoverished Muslims millionaires in Kerala. They had been buying land in the costal areas of Kerala at any price. The purpose was to make it easy to bring in currency, weapons and terrorists.
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      Ameer Paul
      Jan 5, 2015 at 3:43 pm
      Here is the pertinent information about the stani Boat which caught fire near Gujrat Coast:Name of the Boat: QALANDAROwner of the Boat: YAQUB BALOOCH - A Petty CriminalThe other occupants on the Boat: YASEEN, IBRAHEEM, DHOBI - All 3 were Petty CriminalsThe Boat started it's journey from GWADAR after loading DRUGS, WINE/ALCOHOL/ DATES.On the way these criminals spotted stan Navy's PNS BABAR, hence they moved away towards Gujrat. Indian Navy Vessels spotted the Boat and fired it and sank the Boat.If it was a SUICIDE TERRORIST BOAT then the question is whether the occupant would blow the Boat when Indian Vessels reached it or when they were quite far as they knew that they had to complete the suicidal mission? Definitely the occupants of the stani Boat would explode their Boat very near to Indian Vessels to inflict major casualties and damage.As Usual Indian Media and the State Sponsored Indian Government started shouting and blaming "STANI TERRORISM" immediately without any investgation and proof.CH-OT-YA INDIANS.
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        Gauri C.
        Jan 5, 2015 at 4:53 pm
        It's amusing that BJP is asking Congress VP Rahul hi to clarify regarding the Qs. over the terror angle of boat, while it's own excessively vocal PM Modi maintains selective silence. Did the cat get Modi's tongue or has the Godse loving RSS & Mahasabha bosses ask him to keep quiet? BJP govt. protests too much which again raises doubts over their terror politics.
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          Hari Goyal
          Jan 5, 2015 at 1:25 pm
          Rahul is out of India celebrating new year.
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            Jan 5, 2015 at 5:50 pm
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