The Opposition on Wednesday lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over comments made by his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan that if the BJP is voted back to power, then there are better chances of India-Pakistan peace talks and settling the Kashmir issue with India. Seizing on Khan’s remarks, the opposition parties, including the Congress and the CPI (M), said a vote for PM Modi is a vote for Pakistan.
The Congress also said Pakistani premier Khan’s remarks reflect that Pakistan has “officially allied” with Modi, reports PTI.
Khan, in an interaction with a small group of foreign journalists in Islamabad, had said he believes there may be a better chance of peace talks with India and settling the Kashmir issue if Modi’s party BJP wins the general elections.
The Pakistan PM said other parties would be afraid of right-wing backlash in case of a settlement on the Kashmir issue.
Congress’s chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala launched a blistering attack on Modi over Khan’s comments. “Pak has officially allied with Modi! A vote for Modi is a vote for Pakistan!” Surjewala tweeted.
“Modi ji, first there was love for Nawaz Sharif and now Imran Khan is your dear friend,” he added in a tweet in Hindi. The truth is out in the open, Surjewala claimed.
Prime Minister Modi has been accusing the Congress of being supportive of Pakistan’s narrative following the Balakot air strikes. He has also slammed opposition leaders for asking questions on the strike, saying such statements were helping Pakistan.
CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury also lashed out at Prime Minister Modi over Khan’s remarks, saying now it was known who Pakistan wants as PM.
“Pakistan has been the only issue of Modi’s election campaign, where he has scurrilously tried to link it to opposition. Now we know who Pakistan actually wants as PM, the only Indian PM to have invited ISI to a military base, and the only one who went to Pakistan uninvited,” he said.
“We have serious concerns about foreign governments influencing our democratic election process. Last year, it was reported that ISI wants Modi as PM. Now Pakistani PM says it,” Yechury said.
CPI leader D Raja questioned Khan’s locus standi on commenting on the government of a neighbouring country.
“It is not his business to comment on the government of India. It will be decided by the people of this country. How does Khan know that the other governments will not support the peace process between the two countries? Now, it is for Modi to answer why Imran Khan is batting for him. Has Modi asked him to bat for him and his party?,” Raja asked.
“Why does Pakistan want Modi ji to win. Modi ji should tell the country how deep are his relations with Pakistan. All Indians should know that if Modi wins, crackers will be burst in Pakistan,” he wrote in Twitter.