Talks have no relevance till Pak proves its credibility : BJP
BJP today said there is no point in holding talks with Pakistan before it takes credible action against terror infrastructure existing on its soil and stops sponsoring terrorist activities against India.Updated: May 13, 2010 18:59 IST
BJP today said there is no point in holding talks with Pakistan before it takes credible action against terror infrastructure existing on its soil and stops sponsoring terrorist activities against India.
"There is no relevance of these talks (proposed foreign minister level talks between the two countries). The Pakistan government should first prove its credibility on the issue of terrorism. Mutual trust and confidence can only come when Pakistan-sponsored terrorism is stopped," BJP President Nitin Gadkari said.
Alleging that terror outfits continue to exist and operate from Pakistani soil, he said, "Innocent people are getting killed in our country due to Pak-sponsored terrorism".
Describing the BJP as a votary of friendly ties between the two countries, he said that good relations be possible only if Pakistan government proved its credibility by dealing sternly with terror.
Noting that terror elements in Pakistan were now creating trouble within its own territory, he said, "Our Home Minister had admitted at the India Today conclave (earlier on) that dialogue with Pakistan was a mistake."
He said both India and Pakistan were facing the challenges of poverty, hunger and unemployment and both needed politics of development.
"But first Pakistan has to take concrete action on the ground to end terror," he said.
Minister of External Affairs SM Krishna is to travel to Islamabad in July this year to hold talks with his Pakistani counterpart.
Gadkari said votebank politics should not come in the way of firmly dealing with terrorism in the country and wondered why Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru had not been hanged despite the Supreme Court awarding death penalty to him.
Expressing apprehensions that Ajmal Kasab's case would also meet the same fate, he said if there is a need to amend the laws to punish terrorists charged with heinous crimes like the Mumbai terror attack convict, then they should be amended without delay.
First Published: May 13, 2010 18:57 IST