BJP attacks Gilani`s statement on Osama`s killing

Gilani today sought to turn the tables on US, asking who was responsible for the rise of al Qaeda chief.

Last Updated: May 09, 2011, 22:15 PM IST

New Delhi: In a strong reaction to Pakistan
Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani`s statement on Osama bin
Laden, BJP on Monday asked the country to first look within on the
issue of terrorism as it had been "caught with its pants-down"
in the case.

"Gilani`s reaction is under the shame and irritation
after Pakistan was caught with its pants down. It has been
exposed in the comity of nations on the issue of terrorism,"
BJP chief spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said.

He maintained that it was time for Pakistan to
introspect on the issue instead of adopting a belligerent
attitude towards India and the US.

"Pakistan should look within. It should stay within its
limits. While it is talking about combating terror, its
military has been acting as a patron of terror," Prasad said.

BJP also asked the US to ponder over its relations with
Pakistan as it had pumped in so much money in that country
which had seen dictators like Ayub Khan, Zia-ul Haq and Pervez
Musharraf rule over it for years.

"Pakistan is the epicenter of terror and a failed
state," Prasad said.

Gilani today sought to turn the tables on US, asking
who was responsible for the rise of al Qaeda chief.

"We cannot be blamed for flawed policies and blunders
of others. Pakistan is not the birthplace of al Qaeda. We did
not invite Osama bin Laden to Pakistan or even to
Afghanistan," he told the National Assembly, a week after the
US operation that killed bin Laden in his safe house in
Abbottabad, not far away from here.

PTI