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BJP warns PM on anti-terror mechanism

Rajnath has warned the PM to go slow on peace talks with Pak, keeping in mind Indian public opinion on terror attacks.

india Updated: Sep 17, 2006 20:09 IST

The main opposition BJP, which hardened its stand on Pakistan in the wake of Mumbai and Malegaon bombings, on Sunday, warned that New Delhi should exercise "double caution" while resuming talks with Islamabad, insisting there was a disconnect between the ruling UPA and popular opinion in the country on terror attacks.

In a statement in the national capital, BJP chief Rajnath Singh, who last week opposed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's scheduled meeting with Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf in Havana, also described a joint mechanism that both leaders on Saturday, agreed to set up to fight terror as a "fig leaf" for what he alleged were concessions given to Pakistan to resume talks.

"India should go with double caution on the resumption of Indo-Pak dialogue suspended following July Mumbai train blasts. There is a total disconnect between the UPA government and the popular public opinion on terror attacks frequently launched in several parts of India," Singh said.

The BJP toughened its anti-Pakistan stand when former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee told a public meeting in Dehradun on September 8, the day serial bomb explosions occurred in Malegaon, that preparations should be made to impose checks on Islamabad for its suspected support to terror.

"The musical chair race of keeping talks on hold consequent to recurring terror attacks against Indian citizens and property and then resuming it after a short while doesn't match with reality of the situation on the ground," the BJP chief remarked.

He recalled that Musharraf had promised to then Vajpayee government in 2004 that Pakistan would not allow its territory to be used for anti-India activities by terror groups.

First Published: Sep 17, 2006 18:09 IST