Advani slams Govt`s Pak policy

Senior BJP leader LK Advani on Sunday slammed the Government`s Pakistan policy, claiming that it was completely alienated from public opinion of the day.

New Delhi: Senior BJP leader LK Advani on Sunday slammed the Government`s Pakistan policy, claiming that it was completely alienated from public opinion of the day.

"Presently, New Delhi`s Pakistan Policy is really in a shambles," the former deputy prime minister wrote on his blog and pointed out that a vital touchstone for judging the
government`s handling of foreign affairs has been approach to its western neighbour.

Advani said the prime purpose of India`s Pakistan policy must be to force "this neighbour of ours to abandon terrorism" and recalled the "uncompromising" stand of the
BJP-led government on cross-border terrorism that had forced then Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf to return "empty-handed" from the Agra Summit in July 2001.

"Starting with the prime minister`s blunder at Sharm-el- Sheikh when he announced delinking the issue of Indo-Pak dialogue from the issue of Pakistan`s cross-border terrorism, to the external affairs minister`s recent performance in Pakistan, never before has India`s Pakistan policy been so completely alienated from public opinion as it is today," he wrote.

Advani expressed surprise at External Affairs Minister SM Krishna ignoring his Pakistan counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi`s attempts at bracketing Home Secretary GK Pillai
with Jamaat ud-Dawa Hafeez Saeed.

The BJP leader wrote that his surprise turned to outrage with Krishna`s public "admonition" of Pillai`s remarks on the eve of the meeting outlining ISI`s role in the Mumbai terror attacks.

"...Our own minister added injury to the Pakistani insult by publicly admonishing Pillai not for any fault of his but for the signal service he had rendered the country by
exposing the ISI`s role in the 26/11 terrorist attack on Mumbai," Advani wrote.

He said it was BJP`s "firm stand that made the General (Musharraf) ultimately discard his Agra attitude and at Islamabad in January 2004 sign a joint statement with Vajpayee
that `he will not permit any territory under Pakistan`s control to be used to support terrorism in any manner`," Advani said.

PTI

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