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No differences in PM, Krishna's stand on Indo-Pak talks: Cong

PTI  New Delhi, August 04, 2009
First Published: 21:13 IST(4/8/2009) | Last Updated: 21:15 IST(4/8/2009)

Dismissing suggestions of "differences" in the stand of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and External Affairs Minister S M Krishna over continuance of talks with Pakistan, Congress on Tuesday said they exist only in the mind of the Opposition.

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"There are no differences between the PM and External Affairs Minister over the issue. The differences exists in their (the Opposition's) mind," Party spokesperson Manish Tewari said when asked about the Opposition's claim.

Earlier, while referring to comments by Krishna given to a newspaper that till Pakistan acts there would be no meaning of talks, Leader of Opposition Lal Krishna Advani said in Lok Sabha that the statement amounts to contradicting the statement by the Prime Minister who has agreed to delinking terror from dialogue (in Indo-Pak joint statement).

The Congress spokesperson however attacked the BJP saying the party's problem is that it has no issue and hence was always in search of creating something.

"Government and Prime Minister have replied many times that Pakistan will have to come clean on terrorism, take action against the perpetrators of Mumbai terror strikes and disallow its soil from being used for terror activities against India. Only then talks will follow," Tewari asserted.

He was replying to questions why the government is not replying to the Opposition's attack over the non-action in Pakistan against Hafiz Saeed, the alleged mastermind of the 26/11 terror strikes in Mumbai.


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