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Snap all ties with Pakistan, demands BJP

india Updated: Feb 09, 2009 10:38 IST

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BJP on Sunday strongly advocated snapping of all ties with Pakistan and recall of the Indian envoy from there, accusing Islamabad of failure to initiate action against perpetrators of the Mumbai carnage and also to hand over wanted terrorists.

BJP's political resolution, moved by senior party leader Arun Jaitley at its National Council meeting here, said the party had demanded that all those responsible for the 26/11 attacks and also those who conspired and abetted the strikes must be handed over to India and face trial in the country.

India should severe all trade, transport, tourism and cultural ties with Pakistan and recall its High Commissioner from Islamabad as that country has failed to initiate action against the terrorists involved in the Mumbai strikes, it said adding that Pakistan has also failed to hand over the wanted fugitives.

Lashing out the Congress-led UPA, the resolution alleged that its "soft approach" has made the country a soft target.

The country has become vulnerable during the UPA rule, it said, noting that the Mumbai attacks were planned with military precision under the guidance of Pakistani establishments and the ISI.

The BJP resolution said, "it was an attack on India's pride and at the same time exposed our sheer vulnerability. Greater co-ordination and timely initiative by a decisive political leadership would have prevented the loss of precious lives."

Attacking the UPA government, it said that during the last-four-and-half years it had rejected the need for strong anti-terror law in spite of repeated suggestions from the security agencies.

The repeal of POTA, even though constitutionally declared valid by the Supreme Court, was hailed as a triumph of secularism by the ruling coalition, it said.

The resolution said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has committed a "colossal diplomatic blunder" by describing Pakistan as a victim of terror and proposing a joint mechanism for fighting terrorism.

The resolution referred to the Left parties withdrawing support to the UPA and said it was only now that the Congress has declared its intentions of not having any alliance at the national level.

"Even otherwise running a coalition has never been the virtue of the Congress. A coalition of opportunism can never ensure good governance and development," it said.