PM on 'perilous path' for Pak's advantage: BJP
Opposition BJP on Wednesday accused Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of adopting a "perilous path" with Pakistan and warned that Islamabad will take advantage of this "magnanimity" shown by him.delhi Updated: Jul 29, 2009 22:12 IST
Opposition BJP on Wednesday accused Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of adopting a "perilous path" with Pakistan and warned that Islamabad will take advantage of this "magnanimity" shown by him.
Expressing dissatisfaction over Singh's reply on the discussion over the Indo-Pak Joint Statement, former foreign minister Yashwant Sinha apprehended that the path PM was treading will lead to India paying a "heavy price".
"Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is taking India on a perilous path with Pakistan...It will take advantage of this. We apprehend that our PM is treading on a path for which the country will have to a pay a heavy price. I am not satisfied with the reply of our PM," the BJP leader said.
He was dissatisfied with Singh's statement in the Lok Sabha and said the PM had not responded to several of his queries. "The PM did not respond to why Pakistan is giving such statements which are contrary to what our PM is saying," he said. Sinha maintained that BJP was not at all in favour that "terrorism and talks go hand in hand".
Arguing that "nobody" was satisfied with Singh's statement on Balochistan, he said, "What the Prime Minister said in the House is in contrast to what he said in Sharm-el Sheikh."
Sinha warned the government against putting too much faith on Pakistan. "The faith which our PM is reposing on Pakistan is misplaced and not supported by what Pakistan history is."
In reply to a question on what should be the future of Indo-Pak relations, Sinha said, "We don't have to move forward. We have to strengthen ourselves. We have to guard ourselves against terrorist attacks... Let Pakistan go wherever they want."
Sinha said Pakistan did not deserve the "magnanimity" Singh had shown towards it. The prime minister was silent on the fate of 26/11 accused JuD chief Hafiz Saeed. On Balochistan, he said PM had taken the "old beaten line".
Party leader Murli Manohar Joshi said Pakistan "dared" to include Balochistan in the text of the joint statement "because we were not serious in our talks with Islamabad."
He also wondered what action the government was contemplating on bureaucrats who committed the "drafting mistakes." Terming the PM's statement as "unsatisfactory", Joshi said issues on end-use agreement and ENR technology needed more debate.
Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on being asked whether he was satisfied with PM's statement said, "it will become clear after it is seen what Pakistan will do (on tackling terror) after the promise it made."