Congress questions Centre’s Pak policy, flays Parrikar

RSTV Bureau
New Delhi: TV Grab -- Flames and smoke rise from the Army Brigade camp during a terror attack in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday. PTI Photo/TV grab

New Delhi: TV Grab — Flames and smoke rise from the Army Brigade camp during a terror attack in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday. PTI Photo/TV grab

Targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Uri terror attack, Congress party held him “singularly responsible for the complete disarray” in the government’s policy vis-a-vis Pakistan, and dared him to act against Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar for “a massive intelligence and operational failure”.

“Modi is singularly responsible for this complete disarray of foreign policy wherein a renegade, pariah nation like Pakistan, which is harbinger of global terror network and which stood isolated amongst international community on account of sustained policy of the Congress-led UPA government, is trying to project itself on international arena as a player for regional stability in Southeast Asia,” said Randeep Singh Surjewala.

Addressing a press conference in Chandigarh, the Congress party spokesperson flayed the Union Defence minister Manohar Parrikar.

“The responsibility, if any, lies at the doorsteps of the Modi government and at doorsteps of Manohar Parrikar, the Defence Minister of the country, who has proved himself to be a utter and complete failure,” Surjewala said.

“The Uri terrorist attack, which has been propagated, planned and executed by Pakistan, is the result of failure of the political leadership of the Modi government. Reports clearly point towards a massive intelligence and operational failure inside the government,” Congress’ chief spokesman Randeep Singh Surjewala told the press.

Uri: An army soldier guards the army base which was attacked by suspected rebels in Uri, in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday.    PTI Photo

Uri: An army soldier guards the army base which was attacked by suspected rebels in Uri, in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday. PTI Photo

Taking a swipe at the government’s policy towards Pakistan, he said it should approach the international community for imposing comprehensive sanctions on Pakistan which harbours global terror network and uses terrorism as an instrument of state policy.

“Prior to the 2014 Lok Sabha election, Narendra Modi consistently counselled the Congress government to ‘stop writing love letters to Pakistan’. Modiji used the oft-quoted rhetoric of ‘56-inch chest’ as also ‘bringing 10 heads back in lieu of one’, besides asking the government to ‘answer
Pakistan in the language they understand’,” he said.

“Time has come for us to remind Narendra Modi of his ‘jumlas’ and rhetoric once again. Since becoming the Prime Minister of the country, Modi has indulged in saree-shawl diplomacy to impromptu visits to Pakistan to attend wedding celebrations and birthday parties with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif,” Surjewala added.

Criticising the government further, the Congress party held that Centre’s Pakistan policy is based on “wholesale confusion” rather than pragmatic and decisive cohesion.

“There have been over 900 border ceasefire violations by Pakistan in J&K. India has borne the brunt of unchecked terrorist attacks coming from Pakistan in Udhampur, Gurdaspur, Pathankot and Pampore leading to heavy casualties of Army and police, including senior most officers,” the Congress leader added.

(With inputs from the PTI)