Congress on Friday accused the government of handling the “whole affair” regarding NSA-level talks with Pakistan in a clumsy manner and alleged that the government made India “a laughing stock in the international arena”. The party, however, refrained from saying whether it wanted the talks to be called off.
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The Congress said the government’s action only resulted in shifting of the focus from terrorism to Kashmir. “Your intention was to focus on terror. You have made the Hurriyat the centrepiece. You are discussing Kashmir,” Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said. He further asked whether the government had done the requisite ground work before agreeing for the talks in Ufa (Russia).
Singhvi said, “This kind of incoherence, inconsistency and lack of focus is an insult to India’s grand democracy, makes a mockery of our premier status globally, our economic strength and our decades-old consistency and continuity in foreign policy.”
An “imploding and ostracised” Pakistan is making India look like “clumsy, inconsistent, adhoc and clueless,” he said.
Regarding the detention of Hurriyat leaders, the Congress asked whether the “left hand of the government not know what the right is doing?” “….The PDP is doing one thing, the BJP – their partner – is doing the opposite thing, the BJP-PDP coalition government in J&K is doing a third thing and the Centre is doing a fourth thing,” he said.