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Explain remarks on Pakistan ‘breakthrough’: Jaitley to PM

‘Country should know if India softened stand on J&K during back-channel talks’.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: January 5, 2014 1:12:43 am

The BJP on Saturday demanded that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should take the country into confidence over his claim that an “important breakthrough” was “in sight” on the issue of Jammu and Kashmir with Pakistan.

“The PM revealed for the first time that secret envoys from India and Pakistan had almost arrived at a meeting to resolve the conflict on Kashmir. When a breakthrough appeared ‘in sight’,General Pervez Musharraf had to make way for other leaders and the agreement got blocked. What was this possible resolution on Kashmir? The people of India are entitled to know an answer to this question,” Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley wrote in signed article posted on his website. He expressed surprise that “a few years ago when Musharraf was living in exile in London he had given a similar indication”.

The PM,in response to a question at Friday’s press conference,claimed that the breakthrough could not move further after the regime in change in Pakistan.

Jaitley demanded clarifications from the PM to set the record straight whether India’s stated positions were secured during that negotiations leading to potential breakthrough. “Since the PM for the first time informed the nation that a resolution on Kashmir was almost agreed to,it is eminently desirable that he takes the nation into confidence of the specifics he had in mind about the failed solution,” Jaitley said,underlining that “Track Two diplomacy is not an unknown phenomenon. It is an accepted instrument world over. But Track Two diplomacy cannot be at complete variance with the stated national position”.

He sought to remind that India’s stated position has been that J&K is an integral part of India for which Parliament,in 1994,had passed a unanimous resolution,asserting that POK was an integral part of India’s territory along. Jaitley pointed out that Pakistan had been advocating an interim resolution on Kashmir comprising “several unacceptable measures” and requested the PM for a clarification whether any of Pakistan’s views were accepted by the Indian side for the claimed breakthrough.

“I do not know if any or all of these were a subject matter of the ‘almost arrived at’ resolution to the Kashmir problem. I hope the truth is otherwise. I further hope that I do not have to wait for the memoirs of the Prime Minister to know the truth,” Jaitley said.

The Leader of Opposition also took a dig at position of Congress,National Conference,PDP and separatists in the state: “The Congress stands for separate status,the National Conference advocates pre-1953 status,the PDP talks of self-rule,separatists talk of ‘Azadi’. Each of these is intended to dilute India’s sovereignty.”

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