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Attacks must be stopped if Pak wants normal ties: Jaitley

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Amritsar, March 28, 2014
First Published: 23:18 IST(28/3/2014) | Last Updated: 23:21 IST(28/3/2014)

Criticising the terrorist attack in Jammu, senior BJP leader and Lok Sabha candidate Arun Jaitley has said such attacks establish that Pakistani soil is being repeatedly used for anti-India activities.


Addressing mediapersons on Friday, Jaitley said, "It has been seen that the attacks are being carried out in a similar pattern wherein terrorists come in army uniforms, hijack a vehicle and then attack an army camp. The same pattern was followed earlier too."

If this is happening repeatedly, the level of guard is definitely low and the level of security and intelligence needs a fillip, he said.

To a question regarding relations with Pakistan if the NDA comes to power, Jaitley said, "Having good relations will certainly be a priority but if Pakistan's land is used for terror against India then certainly talks and terrorism cannot go together."

"I think India must tell Pakistan that there will be no tolerance on such issues and talks cannot continue in such an environment," he added.

"As elections will near, I won't be surprised if the number of these attacks increase. This establishes that Pakistani soil continues to be used for planning and executing attacks against India. Pakistan has to realise if it wants to normalise relations with India, these attacks have to stop, added Jaitley.

Jaitley slams Cong Saharanpur candidate

Slamming Congress candidate from Saharanpur, Imran Masood for making a statement that BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi will be chopped into pieces in Uttar Pradesh, Jaitley said this is not an isolated case of an unacceptable attack on Narendra Modi.

Sonia Gandhi, Lalu Yadav, Digvijay Singh and Manishankar Aiyar, all have led attacks on Modi, by using improper language, he said, adding that it started with Sonia Gandhi's words "Maut Ka Saudagar".

"The mindset behind these attacks being made in unacceptable language is that an abuse on Modi is an expression of aggressive secularism. I feel the Congress party must take action against Imran Masood. If it does not take action, it will become clear that it is the Congress game plan to provoke its leaders against Modi," Jaitley said.

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