Why Obama made no mention of Pakistan on terror issue: BJP, CPI

Last Updated: Saturday, November 6, 2010 - 18:43

New Delhi: The BJP on Saturday expressed disappointment
over US President Barack Obama making no reference to Pakistan
on the terror issue in his first speech on arrival in Mumbai
while the CPI found this "not surprising", accusing the US of
adopting double standards.

"It was the first address by the US President at a place
(Taj Hotel) which saw the biggest terror attack on India....
It was a complete disappointment as the world and the United
States had proof that the attack was planned on Pakistani soil
by its intelligence agencies. He had words which were not
backed with action and intent," BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap
Rudy told reporters here.

He said that by skirting a direct reference to Pakistan,
Obama "missed" an opportunity to strike a chord with Indians.

The core group of BJP would tomorrow meet at the
residence of party veteran LK Advani to decide on the talking
points between Obama and Leader of the Opposition in the Lok
Sabha Sushma Swaraj who would be meeting him on Monday, he
said.

Reacting to Obama`s speech at the Taj Hotel, CPI
national secretary D Raja said, "It is not at all surprising.
The US pursues double standards. When it is attacked, it takes
one position. When any other country is attacked it takes
another stand. Our government should take note of this."

He said the arrest of LeT activist David Headley in the
US and his interrogation had revealed that Pakistan`s soil was
being used by various terror outfits to carry out their
activities.

"Avoiding any mention of that shows that the US
President is continuing to pursue that double standard," Raja
said.

The BJP said there are basic contradictions in the
statements made by Obama before his visit to India and the
statement of Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao.

While Rao had said that the visit was aimed at improving
overall relationship between the two countries, Obama in fact
was carrying a "business wish-list" with him, said Rudy.

India`s foreign policy vis-à-vis the United States has
been swaying back and forth during UPA I and UPA II, he said.

"The Prime Minister and the Indian diplomats will have
to answer a lot to the people of India as it seems that New
Delhi is providing a political bail out to Obama following a
poor show by the Democrats in the recently held elections in
US," Rudy said.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, November 6, 2010 - 18:43

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