Congress hits out at govt over ceasefire violations by Pakistan

Amid escalating tensions on the borders due to ceasefire violations by Pakistan, Congress on Friday said the "so called joint statement" issued by the two countries in Ufa as "not a breakthrough" but "break our bones" for India.

PTI| Updated: Jul 17, 2015, 22:08 PM IST

New Delhi: Amid escalating tensions on the borders due to ceasefire violations by Pakistan, Congress on Friday said the "so called joint statement" issued by the two countries in Ufa as "not a breakthrough" but "break our bones" for India.

Coming down hard on the Narendra Modi dispensation over its handling of Pakistan, former External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said that there is a "tinge of policing" in the foreign policy pursued by it and "policeman's foreign policy is not the best foreign policy".

Khurshid was ambivalent when asked whether he was targetting the National Security Advisor Ajit Doval. He insisted that the problem with the government was that it was "incapable of strategic thinking" and was resorting to "tactical thinking".

Accusing the Prime Minister of "failing" the country with respect to Foreign Policy, the Congress spokesman noted that there have been more than 800 ceasefire violations from Pakistani side, which has killed 12 soldiers and 18 civilians, in the past one year.

"Modi before becoming PM used to hear the ammunition from Pakistan side, but he is not hearing it now," Khurshid said, adding that every time the earlier government initiated some peace talks, the opposition used to pressurise it against going ahead with the talks.

The Congress, he said, does not want to undermine the government's ability to deal with Pakistan, but "we do want the government to their keep eyes & ears open".

He said that the Congress-led UPA government also tried peace initiatives with Pakistan, but "our experience tells us not to trust Pakistan".

Claiming that the BJP does not have any policy vis-a-vis Jammu and Kashmir, he said it was highly unfortunate that the Prime Minister is in Jammu and Pakistani and ISIS flags are raised in Srinagar.

Khurshid said India needed to improve its relations with China, but it's not as easy as at looks.

"China didn't even accept that their forces were in Indian territory when our PM was 'swinging' with their President," he said.

Asked whether there was lack of understanding in the government on handling countries like Pakistan and China, he said that the country has outstanding foreign policy assets.

He said what was necessary was that the best assets should be allowed to operate and encouraged.