In the wake of the reports in Pakistan that the Mumbai attacks were planned outside the country and so it was not liable to act on the dossier, the BJP on Thursday said the Indian government's flip-flop on the issue had emboldened the neighbouring country.
"It is the failure of the government of India to go further and get back the fugitives and have a trial in India (that has led to this attitude of Pakistan). I think the flip flop on the Indian side is visible and is emboldening the Pakistan government," BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy told reporters.
He said the Indian government had submitted "incriminating" evidence to Pakistan about its involvement in attacks on Mumbai and many other places in the past.
"So a denial is unacceptable," Rudy said.
He mentioned the controversial statement of union Minority Affairs Minister A R Antulay to argue his point. "The statement of A R Antulay raising doubts on ATS chief Hemant Karkare's death...I think this shroud of suspicion being created by Congress on the attacks in Mumbai is strengthening what is happening in Pakistan," the BJP MP said.
The party demanded that the government take a firm stand on the issue and ask Pakistan to extradite those involved in the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai.