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Call off composite dialogue with Pak: BJP

india Updated: Dec 20, 2008 13:11 IST
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Accusing the ruling UPA of losing grip of the situation in the aftermath of the Mumbai attacks, the main opposition BJP has suggested that the government should call off composite dialogue with Pakistan as that country has not responded adequately to India's demands.

BJP leader Yashwant Sinha said the government seemed to lack "cohesion" of thinking as senior ministers were speaking in different voices on the issue of dealing with Pakistan.

The former External Affairs Minister said New Delhi should build pressure on Islamabad by sending high-level political emissaries to various countries, besides the US and UK, with "incontrovertible" proof of involvement of Pakistani elements in the Mumbai attacks.

"Not judging between strength and weakness, somewhere the grip seems to have loosened over the last few days. Our government seems to speaking in different voices," Sinha told Karan Thapar in the interview 'Devil's Advocate' on CNN-IBN.

"We heard the External Affairs Minister (Pranab Mukherjee) say one thing, Defence minister (A K Antony) say another thing on the same day (on dealing with Pakistan). I think it will be better if there was unity and cohesion within the spokespersons of the government," he added.

He said the ministers should discuss more among themselves and "come to a clear conclusion. There is lack of cohesion in thinking."

On how to deal with Pakistan, he said if his party were in power, it would have opted to "call off the composite dialogue" rather than putting a "pause" as has been done by the UPA government.