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BJP questions PM’s intent on holding Pak talks,Cong hits back for its ‘double standards’

The two principle parties have taken contrasting stands as to how response to Pak should be framed.

Written by PTI | New Delhi |
October 22, 2013 8:14:36 pm

Ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC) seemingly on the rise,BJP on Tuesday said Pakistan has virtually launched a war against India and questioned Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as to what he had achieved by meeting Nawaz Sharif at United Nations General Assembly Meet in September despite stiff opposition back home.

The main opposition party said ceasefire violations and infiltration attempts on the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir had gone up by “200%” since Singh met Sharif in New York on September 29,demonstrating that Pakistan was encouraged by the UPA government’s “soft” approach.

“Pakistan’s intent is suspect. It has a policy of dishonesty. It has virtually declared a war against India but our response is not adequate,” BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said.

He criticised the Prime Minister for meeting Sharif despite Pakistan having “evil designs” and said the incidents of ceasefire violations and infiltration attempts have increased,rather than decrease.

“What was the outcome of the Prime Minister’s ambitious talks with Sharif? The Prime Minister should answer what he has achieved by meeting Sharif despite opposition,” the BJP leader said.

He alleged that Singh,by meeting Sharif,had given the message that the Indian government is “soft” towards terrorism.

Naqvi described Pakistan as “the headquarters of terrorism” which is hurting not only India but the entire world.

He said if Narendra Modi becomes the Prime Minister,terror menace will eliminated from India.

“JuD chief Hafiz Saeed says Modi is their enemy number one. That is because he knows Modi will finish them if he becomes the Prime Minister,” Naqvi said.

Responding to these accusations,Congress accused BJP of double standards concerning the talks and asked the opposition party why dialogue was continued even after Kandhar plane hijack incident and Kargil war during its tenure.

“What kind of action do you want? When our plane was hijacked in Kandahar,terrorists were freed during the NDA regime,talks with Pakistan were not suspended even after Kargil war.

“Why these double standards,the dichotomy between the speech and deed of the BJP? Why not the principal opposition party gives an option on what should be done?” party spokesperson Meem Afzal said.

He was responding to questions on BJP chief Rajnath Singh’s remarks on Monday that “talks and terror” cannot go hand in hand and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should not hold parleys with Pakistan till it stops terror activities emanating from its soil against India.

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