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BJP pursuing track-2 diplomacy with Pak: Malik

Toufiq Rashid, Hindustan Times  Srinagar, July 16, 2014
First Published: 14:56 IST(16/7/2014) | Last Updated: 15:01 IST(16/7/2014)

Targeting the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government at the Centre, separatist leader and chief of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Yasin Mallik on Tuesday said senior journalist Ved Pratap Vaidik meeting Pakistani militant leader Hafiz Sayeed was a part of the government’s track two diplomacy.

Mallik, who was targeted by the BJP for allegedly sharing dais with Saeed in 2013, criticised the party’s double standards.

Mallik claimed that Sayeed came to his sit in uninvited.

“When in opposition, the BJP stalled every initiative of the government. Now it wants to sense the pulse in Pakistan. This meeting shows the double standards of BJP and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS),” said Malik.

Sayeed is in India’s most wanted list and mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

Mallik said the meeting was a part of the Track 2 diplomacy. “The BJP had started track 2 contacts with Pakistan even before the elections,” said Mallik, adding Vedik is close to BJP and part of their think tank.

“Such knee jerk reactions are part of Indian political system and change in govt changes the stance,” he said.

“Both BJP and Congress should change double standards on such issues, as talks are the only way to change the ground situation,” he said.

“Talks can only change the ground situations,” he added.

Meanwhile, the BJP government declared that it had nothing to do with Vaidik as he was neither a part of BJP nor RSS.

The Congress, on the other hand, had demanded the arrest of yoga guru Ramdev’s aide Ved Pratap Vaidik.

The 69-year-old Vaidik’s meeting with Sayeed has sparked a major row, with the Congress seeking to pin down the Narendra Modi government by asking if Vaidik went as an official emissary.

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