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BJP apprehends US may sign civil nuclear deal with Pak

delhi Updated: Mar 22, 2010 23:23 IST

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BJP today termed as "highly disturbing" reports that US may sign a civil nuclear deal with Pakistan and said the Obama administration should ensure its funds are not siphoned off to anti-India terror groups.

"A highly disturbing news coming on the eve of the Nuclear Security Summit to be hosted by President Barack Obama in Washington on April 12 and 13 is that the so called civil nuclear deal that US has inked with India may be inked with Pakistan too," BJP spokesperson Tarun Vijay said.

The BJP regretted that both India - a victim of terror, and Pakistan - "the perpetrator", would be treated at par at the Washington summit.

In the light of these developments, BJP has demanded that the Prime Minister assure Parliament about his plans for the meet.

"We only hope that Dr Manmohan Singh's Washington visit in April to attend the summit does not create a scene of another shameful yielding to the foreign pressure like we saw in Sharm-el Sheikh that was later nauseatingly visible in the India-Pakistan Foreign Secretary-level talks," Vijay said.

Terming the amount of US aid to Pakistan to fight Afghan Taliban and other terrorist groups as "mind-blowing", Vijay said the use of these funds needs to be closely monitored.

"It is imperative for India, surrounded by two hostile nuclear powers, to demand that US must assure India that its billions will not, in any situation whatsoever, fall in the hands of terror groups working against us. We need a fool-proof mechanism to get convinced of US monitoring of its aid to Islamabad," he said.