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VHP for scrapping NSA level talks with Pakistan in 'war-like' times

The VHP on Tuesday suggested calling off NSA-level talks with Pakistan, insisting these cannot be held in a "war-like" atmosphere and warned of a repeat of Kargil-like situation.

New Delhi: The VHP on Tuesday suggested calling off NSA-level talks with Pakistan, insisting these cannot be held in a "war-like" atmosphere and warned of a repeat of Kargil-like situation.

The Hindu right wing outfit also asked the government to review its policy towards Pakistan and said it needs to be changed to make it strong enough to deal with the neighbouring country, which, it said, "should be taught a lesson first".

"Government should cancel the NSA-level talks. The present environment is not conducive for talks. Talks and war cannot happened together. Today, there is a war-lik atmosphere and it should be dealt with accordingly.

"Teach Pakistan a lesson first and then hold talks, which will yield good results. Otherwise, we fear a repeat of Kargil may take place," VHP joint general secretary Surendra Jain said.

Seeking a review of New Delhi's Pakistan policy, he said, "India's policy needs to be reviewed. The Modi government will have to review and change it. The sooner it is done, the better it will be in the interest of the government and the country. India will have to make a strong policy to deal with Pakistan."

The VHP leader also attacked those giving "communal colour" to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to a mosque in the UAE, saying it was being done by "pseudo-secularists" to link it with Bihar polls with an eye on votes.

"Some pseudo-secular friends want to harm Narendra Modi's image by making a big issue out of his visit to a mosque in UAE and link it to Bihar polls. He visited a mosque in Kazakhstan also but no issue was made out then."

"It demonstrates the mental bankruptcy of such pseudo-secularists who are raising questions about Modi's visit to a mosque. In the name of secularism, Owaisi, Bukhari and Geelani are trying to divide society," he said.

The Hindu outfit also lauded Modi's efforts in helping set up a temple in UAE after the government there agreed to provide land for it and termed it as a "big achievement".

Jain said it is natural for a visiting Prime Minister to visit places of importance in the host country and that nothing more should be read into it.

The VHP leader said Modi's UAE visit should be viewed in the context of fight against terror as he succeeded in forging an understanding with a country, where people like fugitive underworld don and 1993 Mumbai blasts accused Dawood Ibrahim have invested, that it will not support terrorism.

"Pakistan's terrorism will not be supported by UAE any longer. This is a big achievement," he said.

Attacking the Congress for criticising some of Modi's remarks there, the VHP leader said, the opposition party was in a "suicidal mode" and its every step was leading towards its "destruction".

Condemning the bomb blast outside a Hindu temple in Thailand, Jain said it is "very unfortunate" that terrorism has not spared even a Buddhist nation.

He said the BJP-PDP government in Jammu and Kashmir should also deal with separatists "with an iron hand".


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