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PM's stance surrendering national interests: BJP

July 17, 2009 17:53 IST
Senior leaders of Bhartiya Janata Party L K Advani and Sushma Swaraj on Friday termed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's talks with his Pakistani counterpart Gilani as a complete surrender of the national interests.

"Singh had failed to mention fight against terrorism as the core issue in his talks, as had been done by former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, during his talks with the then Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf during his agreement on January 6, 2006 that Pakistan would not allow its soil to be used to launch terror attacks against India. Reluctant Musharraf agreed to India's condition," Sushma Swaraj told media persons on Friday.

               PM defends stance on Pak, BJP stages walkout

BJP, which staged a walkout from the Parliament on the issue, said that the non-inclusion of the issue of terrorism in the composite dialogue had weakened India's position.

The BJP leadership also rubbished Singh's statement that he had managed to extract a crucial assurance from Pakistan PM Gilani that those involved in the attack in Mumbai would be dealt with severely, so that in future terror activities are not carried out against India.

 "Gilani assured me that Pakistan would do everything to ensure that terror attacks are stopped as that is in the interest of Pakistan as well," PM Singh has said in a statement.

"For the first time in many years there was no mention of the word Kashmir in the joint statement," BJP noted and gave notices in both the Houses for a structured debate on the issue.

Onkar Singh in New Delhi