Congress opposes NSA level talks with Pakistan but why ?

New Delhi(dna): Noting that ceasefire violations were continuing unabated on ninth consecutive day, main Opposition Congress on Monday questioned futility of proposed India-Pakistan talks later this week. Party spokesman RPN Singh asked the Modi government whether the National Security Advisor-level talks between the two countries will be held on August 23 ‘on the coffins of the innocent people dying due to Pakistan’s aggression.’ This is first time, that Congress has come out openly against India-Pakistan talks.


Singh, however, hastily added that his party always stood by any move to normalise relations to deter escalation of violence between India and Pakistan, but said Islamabad has vitiated the atmosphere for any talks by first firing at India and then sending its NSA for peace. He noted that more than 850 ceasefire violations from Pakistani side have taken place since the Modi government took office and yet the Pakistan High Commissioner summoned by the government remained belligerent and shameless in pinning the blame on India.

“While the Indian National Congress as always supports any initiative to annihilate cross border terrorism, it would like to draw the attention of the Prime Minister that his Pakistan policy in the present state has failed India. It has been after years that terrorists from Pakistan are getting unhindered access from across the border and our entering in our sovereign territory to carry out terror attacks,” Singh added.

The party also blasted the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying a belligerent Pakistan is incessantly violating our borders and killing our jawans and civilians. Singh regretted that Modi during his independence day address did not even deem fit to mention the burning issues of the country in his speech from the Red Fort, an address that is supposed to enunciate the Government’s road map vis-à-vis issues facing the nation and instead chose to go to UAE.

“Why the PM did not send a tough message to Pakistan from the ramparts of the Red Fort? In fact, in his 1.5 hour long speech, Modi did not speak a syllable on foreign policy or cross border terrorism. And still worse, his junior in the PMO on Sunday made a mockery of the situation at the borders by claiming that people living at the borders are now much more secure,” he said,