Talks only if Pak acts against terror: PM
Speaking in the Lok Sabha today, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that 'meaningful dialogue' with Pakistan will depend on Islamabad fulfilling its promise of acting against the perpetrators of the 26/11 terror strikes. Listen to podcastindia Updated: Jul 17, 2009 21:55 IST
Speaking in the Lok Sabha on Friday, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that 'meaningful dialogue' with Pakistan will depend on Islamabad fulfilling its promise of acting against the perpetrators of the 26/11 terror strikes.
He made this statement amid uproar by the Opposition BJP blaming the Government of capitulated to Pakistan on the terrorism issue and agreeing to return to talks delinking the issue of talks with composite dialogue.
However, the Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was not satisfied with prime minister's assurance and staged a walkout from the Parliament.
"You have delinked terrorism and the composite dialogue. Why have you taken seven months to decide on this?" queried BJP leader LK Advani before leading his party members out of the lower house of parliament.
Earlier on Friday, BJP termed as 'sheer betrayal' and 'U-turn' India agreeing with Pakistan that terrorism should not be linked to the composite dialogue process and said it was done under international pressure.
"This step by India has come as a shock. It is sheer betrayal and U-turn by the government. They are buckling under international pressure," BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar told PTI.
He said Pakistan has shown "no signs" of controlling terrorist activity against India from its soil. This was clear from the continued terrorist activity in Kashmir and on the Indo-Pak border.