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Pak should stop supporting militancy: Gadkari

india Updated: Jan 16, 2010 19:10 IST

Accusing Islamabad of pursuing double standards, the BJP Saturday said Pakistan cannot simultaneously talk of peaceful relations with India and carry out a proxy war against the country.

"Pakistan which talks of peaceful relations with India on the one hand is carrying out a proxy war with its neighbour on the other. This depicts the double standards of Pakistan", BJP President Nitin Gadkari told reporters here.

Asserting that New Delhi wanted cordial ties with Islamabad, the new BJP chief said Pakistan will have to stop its "vigorous support" to militancy if it really wanted to improve relations with India.

"If Pakistan whole-heartedly wants better relations with India, then it must stop vigorously supporting militancy and militant outfits on its soil", he said.

Advising both India and Pakistan to cut down their defence budgets, he said the two countries should focus instead on combating poverty and ushering in development.

Talking about Ram Temple, he said the party's main issues or agenda remained unchanged and added that there could be three ways of resolving the issue.

One, by negotiation between the two religious groups involved, two by a bill in Parliament and the third option was to wait for the final court verdict, he said.

Asked about the re-organization of the party, he said he had recently taken over as party president and it would not be appropriate to say anything on this issue.