BJP slams UPA govt for U-turn on Mumbai suspects trial in Pak
A day after United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government softened its stand on the issue of handing over of fugitives, the principal opposition Bharatiya Janata Party came down heavily on centre. Yogesh Joshi reports.india Updated: Jan 16, 2009 15:45 IST
A day after United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government softened its stand on the issue of handing over of fugitives, the principal opposition Bharatiya Janata Party came down heavily on centre.
BJP's national spokesperson Prakash Javadekar in Pune on Friday said, the government has betrayed the nation by agreeing to have trials of wanted fugitives in Pakistan. External Affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee in an interview to news channel had said that "it would be ideal if Pakistan can hand over the fugitives from India to us. If that's not possible there should be a fair trial in Pakistan".
Reacting to Mukherjee's statement, Jawadekar said, "It seems that UPA has lost political will to fight terrorism and has buckled under international pressure to bail out Pakistan BJP condemns this sudden U-turn and demands immediate all party meeting to discuss the fallout of Indian concession to Pakistan".
Jawadekar said, The present UPA government has betrayed the victims and martyrs of terror attacks in Mumbai and in the process has betrayed the nation by changing stance against Pakistan and agreeing to have trails of conspirators and handlers of terror in Pakistan".
The BJP also lambasted centre saying that instead of "impressing the world to build pressure on Pakistan, it seems that India only has buckled under international pressure".
First Published: Jan 16, 2009 15:44 IST