IN THE wake of the Pampore attack in which eight CRPF men were killed, the Congress Monday criticised the NDA government’s Pakistan policy. Targeting PM Narendra Modi, the party said he had reduced diplomacy to a mere “light and sound show”.
“On one side, soldiers are being killed. And on the other, RSS is hosting Iftar and the Pakistan high commissioner is invited. What kind of politics is this? What kind of Indo-Pak dialogue is this,” said Congress leader Kapil Sibal.
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Referring to India’s failed bid to join Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), he said Modi has “no experience or understanding of diplomacy”. “It is not a light and sound show….you go call presidents by their first names, pat their back and then you will be hailed. You declare a diplomatic victory, and later it comes out that there has not been a single step forward,” he said. “Foreign policy is done with a sense of maturity…in a very silent, sober manner without any show. Track II diplomacy is adopted. But we see none of that. We just see on television everyday, as if something historic has happened, and what is the reality… Pathankot, Gurdaspur, Pampore — that is the reality on the ground and we will be raising these issues in Parliament,” said Sibal.
“Don’t besmirch India’s name, status and stature by this light and sound show,” he said.
The Congress said Modi should not have met the Chinese President before an agreement was reached. “You should have gone ahead at a slow pace…the NSG special plenary is likely to be held…seek support of countries but do it without pomp and show,” he said.