BJP fears UPA govt will surrender to Pakistan on Kashmir issue

The party warns against any new move with Pakistan to resolve the dispute without taking House into confidence, reports Shekhar Iyer.

india Updated: Dec 24, 2006 16:48 IST

Leader of Opposition and senior BJP leader LK Advani told the BJP conclave that the ruling UPA could compromise on Kashmir and cited Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's recent remarks, made in the wake of Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf's four-point proposal to resolve the issue, that "new ideas" to normalise relations with Islamabad were welcome.

"I would like to warn the country that the UPA government is planning to make a major surrender on Jammu and Kashmir," Advani said in his address at the concluding session of the BJP's national council meeting in Lucknow.

Later, BJP president Rajnath Singh announced that the party workers would give up their lives fighting to prevent any territory being given up to Pakistan.

Advani said, "When Gen Musharraf made his first public statement about a four-point formula for Kashmir, no one in our country took it seriously. But all those who have anything to do with security were shocked to hear our Prime Minister welcome the General's formula, which amounts to granting independence that part of Kashmir which is with India."

He said the proposal for "joint administration" amounts to renouncing India's sovereignty over Jammu and Kashmir state. "The country cannot allow this government to disregard the unanimous resolution of Parliament with regard to the state."

Advani said even Jawarharlal Nehru, who committed a "historic" blunder when he went against Sardar Patel's advice and referred the issue of Pakistani aggression on Kashmir to the UN Security Council, did not hesitate to act against then Chief Minister Sheikh Abdullah the moment he knew plans were afoot to make the state "independent."

Advani also referred to Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri's remarks in a recent TV interview that New Delhi has supplied to Islamabad a "non-paper" on the issue.

"I demand that the Prime Minister, the government of India and the new Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee place that non-paper before Parliament," Advani said, adding that New Delhi should "take no step further on Jammu and Kashmir" until then.

He quoted news reports from Pakistan that the non-paper that Kasuri had spoken about referred to granting Kashmir a pre-1953 status. "A non-paper means it has the stamp of approval of the government without the stamp.

First Published: Dec 24, 2006 13:25 IST