BJP lauds Modi-Sharif talks; Cong criticises Centre

SansadTV Bureau

Ufa: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani Counterpart Nawaz Sharif meets deleagation during a meeting at UFA in Russia on Friday. Photo – PTI

BJP is buoyed by the result of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with Nawaz Sharif. As the two leaders agreed to resume bilateral engagement in their talks in Ufa, the BJP leaders went on to describe it as a “glimmer of light” to “positive movement”. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh lauded the decision to revive the stalled Indo-Pak dialogue process as a positive movement, saying it was a step forward towards normalising bilateral relations.

“The Indo-Pak joint statement at Ufa shows signs of positive movement. The engagement at different levels will hopefully open new possibilities,” Rajnath Singh said.

Speaking to the press soon after joint statement was issued by the foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan, the BJP patted its back on the host of issues.

“A word, an adjective is being used to describe the meeting which is ‘breakthrough’. The reason for this is very clear… Perhaps there is a glimmer of light in the bilateral relationship. Perhaps there is an opportunity of taking the relationship forward,” BJP spokesperson MJ Akbar said.

The ruling party also made a claim that for the first time Pakistan has accepted India’s definition of terrorism.

“For the first time Pakistan has accepted India’s definition of terrorism, that terrorism in all its forms is unacceptable,” Akbar said

The party spokesperson claimed further that Pakistan’s acceptance is a change from the “nuanced game Pakistan has played on the subject by differentiating between good and bad terrorists”.

The party also highlighted that Pakistan has agreed to expedite the trial of the accused in 26/11 Mumbai attack case after pursuing for seven years its “barely disguised” policy of protecting terrorists charged with the crime.

However, the principal opposition party, Congress criticised the BJP-led NDA government calling “failure” on its part to take the promised “action against Pakistan” over recurrent ceasefire violations. Congress party also took on the Narendra Modi government, saying that the two leaders met at Ufa even as the Army chief was paying homage to a soldier martyred in ceasefire violations by Pakistan.

A BSF jawan was killing on Thursday in a firing by Pakistani troops at the forward post in North Kashmir.

“Those who came to power proclaiming 56-inch chest and had promised action against Pakistan have proved actionless…The government has failed to take any stern action,” Congress party spokesman Meem Afzal told the press in New Delhi.

The Congress spokesperson further said that the talks were held soon after Pakistan Defence Minister had threatened the use of nuclear weapons against India.

“It shows what kind of message Pakistan has given before the talks,” Afzal said.

(With inputs from the PTI)