An NDA delegation met President Pratibha Patil on Tuesday and asked her to “intervene” and give “correct advice” to the UPA government on the recent Indo-Pak Joint Statement and other recent foreign policy initiatives.
“Our demand to the President was that she should intervene and give correct advice to the government on these issues,” Leader of Opposition L K Advani told reporters,after submitting a memorandum to Patil.
“One-by-one,facts about the Indo-Pakistan Joint Statement have come to light which have raised doubts,” the senior BJP leader said.
Two major doubts which arose after this Joint Statement were de-linking of terrorism from the composite dialogue process and the mention of Balochistan in the document,the leader of Opposition said.
Advani said,till now there was a consensus inside and outside Parliament that until Pakistan took “satisfactory steps” in combating terrorism,there could be no progress in talks. Similarly,Balochistan — which had never been mentioned in any talks — has found a place in the Statement,he said.
The manner in which it has been mentioned in the Joint Statement gives the impression that we are “doing something” there,Advani said.
The issues of climate change and “imposition of NPT through the back door” on India were also brought up by the delegation.