The BJP said on Friday it was up to Islamabad to show how serious it was about honouring its commitments, specifically in combating terrorism.
The party was reacting to Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit’s statement that the bilateral peace process with India remains suspended, as New Delhi does not want comprehensive talks.
“After the Pathankot terrorist attack, it was the Pakistan Prime Minister who said we will ensure that action is taken and it was in that context that the JIT came here and now our team is supposed to go there on a reciprocal basis. Now, it is up to Pakistan to show how serious it is on the issue of its commitments and on the issue of combating terrorism,” BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli said.
“India position is now being acknowledged recognized and even appreciated. The Pakistan Prime Minister has made a commitment, so if Pakistan denies all of this, despite facing terrorist attacks in its own soil, then it will show that in Pakistan the old policy of good terrorist, bad terrorist continues and everyone is taking note of it,” he added.
Kohli also said that as far as the Indian Government’s policy is concerned, it is very clear that the three principles of Prime Minister Narendra Modi are that all talks will be bilateral, everything should be resolved peacefully, and terror and talks won’t go together.
BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, too, lashed out at Pakistan over Basit’s statements.
“It’s very good that whatever we wanted to show to the world, we have shown that Pakistan civil society, the so-called elected government is a dummy government and it cannot keep its word and it will always find some excuses,” Swamy said.
“And so they called it off because their JIT came, they found proof with India was so strong that if they were allowed to have it cross-checked in Pakistan then they would have no stand internationally,” he added.
Swamy said the Pakistan High Commissioner should be asked to go back and the Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad should be recalled.
“My opinion is that we have demonstrated to the world that how cooperative we can be, but in Pakistan there is no civilian government there it’s all military and terrorist government,” he added.
The BJP leader further said Islamabad has proved to the world that they are unreliable and incurable liars.
Basit created a stir on Thursday when he stated that the visit by Pakistan’ s Joint Investigation Team’s to India to probe the Pathankot terror attack was not based on reciprocity.
MEA official spokesperson Vikas Swarup said: “The MEA would like to clarify that on 26 March, 2016, before the visit of the JIT, the Indian High Commission formally conveyed to the Pakistani Foreign Ministry that the Terms of Reference are broadly agreed to with the proviso that these would be on the basis of reciprocity and followed in accordance with extant legal provisions.’