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Cong happy over Indo-Pak talks; hits out at BJP

The Congress hits out at the BJP for its "obstructionist" attitude on bilateral talks with Pakistan.

india Updated: Jan 16, 2007 02:20 IST

The Congress expressed its happiness on the decision taken by India and Pakistan with regard to exchange and better monitoring of prisoners of war and hit out at the BJP for its "obstructionist" attitude on the bilateral talks.

"If we can resolve some issues it does not mean that we are not serious about (resolving) terrorism...what had the NDA achieved by not talking to Pakistan," said AICC spokesman Abhishek Singhvi.

Rejecting the BJP's criticism on External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee's visit to Islamabad, he said that "terror is non-negotiable" for India.

According to him, the BJP's "no talk policy" would not improve ties with Islamabad. "What was needed was out-of-the-box thinking so that solutions would emerge," he said.

Applauding the decision taken with regard to PoWs, Singhvi said that it "will bring relief, hope and succour to the people and families of those who languish in anonymity."

He pointed out that this human angle was sometimes forgotton. "It reflects a sad and sorry human tale which, irrespective of political and mutual differences, must be minimised," he said.

First Published: Jan 16, 2007 02:20 IST