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Diplomatic disaster: Modi govt under fire over Pak report on Pathankot

india Updated: Apr 06, 2016 09:52 IST
Pathankot attack

Security personnel inside the Pathankot air force base after the military operation against terrorists ended.(HT File Photo)

Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Wednesday targetted Prime Minister Narendra Modi after Pakistani media reported that the JIT, which came to India to probe the Pathankot terror attack, dubbed it as a “drama staged by India to malign Pakistan”.

Congress demanded an apology from Amit Shah for “having distributed certificates of sincerity to Pakistan”, it took a swipe at Modi saying he was “nose led” repeatedly by the Pakistani establishment into situations which led to national embarrassment.

“From day one, we had asked what convinced the Prime Minister or assured him that the understanding reached between his NSA Ajit Doval and the Pakistani NSA former ISI General Naseer Janjua convinced him that the entire establishment of Pakistan endorsed the talks and the peace process. He and his government have been silent.

“First it happened post-Ufa when there was an attack in Udhampur, then Gurdaspur, then after his dramatic visit to Lahore and Raiwind to Nawaz Sharif’s residence, in five days, we had the attack in Pathankot. What Prime Minister has claimed and his government as diplomatic triumph has turned out to be a diplomatic disaster,” senior Congress spokesperson Anand Sharma Sharma told reporters.

Read: Pathankot: India claims strong evidence, rejects Pak media reports

Congress’ communication department chief Randeep Surjewala said “reports in Pakistani media quoting leaked contents of Pakistani Joint Investigation Team report on Pathankot terror attack have once again exposed the doubled-faced policy of Pakistan in dealing with terrorism.”

He said “it is now clear that neither has Modiji’s rhetoric of 56 inches chest or showing red eyes to Pakistan and China paid off nor has his sudden visit to Pakistan and attending feasts and marriage parties with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had any effect.”

Read: Pak probe team says India staged Pathankot attack: Pak media

Modi should tender an apology: Kejriwal

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “invitation” to Pakistani JIT, which included an ISI official, amounted to giving a “clean chit” to the spy agency for the Pathankot attack and demanded that he tender an “apology” for the “monumental” foreign policy failure.

The Centre’s decision to invite a Pakistani Joint Investigation Team to probe the Pathankot airbase attack was a “monumental failure” and a “stab” in the back of “Bharat Mata”, Kejriwal told a press conference in New Delhi.

He alleged that Modi had entered into a deal with his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif during his Lahore visit in December last year, and sought to know its details “in the country’s interest”.

Read: BJP betrayed Mother India by inviting ISI to probe Pathankot: Kejriwal

“The Prime Minister called over ISI officials despite being aware that it was behind the Pathankot terror attack which amounted to a clean chit. Now the JIT has reportedly claimed that India had itself staged the attack. No prime minister has capitulated before Pakistan the way Modi ji has,” Kejriwal said.

After such an “abject surrender”, who will believe India’s long-held position that the Pakistani spy agency is behind terror strikes in India. “It’s a monumental foreign policy failure,” the AAP chief said.

“But what is the reason behind this failure? The country wants to know about the deal struck between Modi ji and Sharif. The country is being sold. The Prime Minister should apologise to the people of the country,” Kejriwal said.