Say no to talks till terror stops: BJP

“I expect the Prime Minister to be very categorical about these things," Prasad said

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:April 5, 2012 12:22 am

Ahead of the informal meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari,the BJP on Wednesday said Pakistan should categorically be told that “normal dialogue” will not be possible unless it puts a stop to sponsored terrorism against India.

“We expect the Prime Minister of India to convey in very clear,categorical and unequivocal terms and as firmly as possible to Mr Zardari,the democratically elected President of Pakistan — whose visit we welcome — that no normal dialogue between India and Pakistan is possible unless Pakistan stops,very clearly,sponsored terrorism against India,” BJP chief spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said. Zardari is coming on a personal visit to Ajmer on April 8 and will be hosted by Prime Minister Singh over lunch.

Prasad said the biggest concern is that “a wing of the Pakistan army” sponsors terrorists against India. Zardari should be told,he said,that David Headley and Ajmal Kasab have confessed that sections of the Pakistan army patronised and helped them.

“I expect the Prime Minister to be very categorical about these things. I saw an utter sense of hopelessness in the utterances of Home Minister P Chidambaram if Pakistan does not take any action,” Prasad said. Commenting on the bounty announced on Hafiz Saeed by the US,Chidambaram had said Pakistan continued to be in denial mode even after India had handed over a dossier on Saeed.

“What BJP wants to highlight is that not only the intention is unclear but even the capacity and the ability of Pakistani leadership to deliver on the fight against terror is becoming suspect,” Prasad said.

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