REITERATING HIS party’s stand, former Deputy Prime Minister and BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani today asked Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh to make public the proposals India submitted to Pakistan on Kashmir resolution.
“The country will not allow what is going on behind the screen on the issue. As an MP, I warn the Union Government against any secrecy on non-papers,” he told newspersons at the airport here today.
The former national BJP president condemned Prime Minister’s remark that Pakistan is a victim of terrorism and that India and Pakistan should launch a joint campaign to curb the violence. “That’s ridiculous. It is just like suggesting Bush (the US President) to join hands with Laden to fight terrorism,” Advani remarked and demanded to know what made Pakistan say that Kashmir settlement was within the reach.
When asked to state views on campaign launched to convert Mohammed Afzal’s capital punishment into life sentence, he insisted that the person charged with attack on Indian Parliament be hanged as per Supreme Court directives. “We should have zero tolerance towards terrorism,” he maintained.
Adding that the country’s security was a cause for concern, he said party leaders held deliberations on the issue on Wednesday and decided to launch a nationwide public awareness and appeal to President Dr A P J Abdul Kalam not to support Afzal’s clemency. Had BJP not been there, all would have unanimously supported mercy for him, Advani said.
To a query on Shashi Tharoor’s candidature for UN Secretary General’s post, he said there were not too many expectations that he would get the post. He said Tharoor who met him recently was not expecting it either.