New Delhi: BJP today said India should not
engage in dialogue with Pakistan till it takes "credible
action" to stop terrorism emanating from its soil and bring to
book those involved in the Mumbai terror attacks.
"The obstinate attitude of Pakistan and the foul-mouthed
approach of the Pakistan Foreign Minister indicate a total
lack of sincerity on the part of Pakistan to promote cordial
and peaceful relations with India," BJP spokesperson Rajiv
Pratap Rudy said.
He alleged that in the wake of fresh evidence of Pakistan
Navy providing training to 26/11 attack accused and ISI Chief
Lt Gen Ahmad Shuja Pasha even meeting Mumbai masterminds and
LeT kingpins like Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi in prison recently,
it is imperative that the neighbouring country take action.
"These revelations about the direct complicity of ISI and
Pakistani Navy in staging and facilitating Mumbai attacks
appears to be the prime reason behind the suddenly
intransigent behaviour and belligerent stance of the Pakistan
Foreign Minister during recent talks," Rudy said.
The main opposition insisted that when the NDA was in
power it had linked talks with dismantling of terror
infrastructure on Pakistan soil and this had paid dividends.
"BJP feels that the talks with Pakistan should be
directly pegged with credible action by Pakistan government
against terrorist elements especially the ones accused of
Mumbai attacks," Rudy said.
He accused the UPA government of following the policy of
"talks at all costs" and bending over backwards to do so
while Pakistan was only going through the motions of holding
talks and pursuing its agenda of patronising and shielding
"Recognising the non-serious attitude of Pakistan, the
Government of India should ensure that talks are conducted
only when there are credible indications of change of attitude
in the Pakistani establishment," the BJP leader said.
The party said it was "disappointed" to note that UPA
regime was very keen on getting the Civil Liability for
Nuclear Damages Bill through "to please" the US.
"Under pressure, the Prime Minister has mortgaged India`s
foreign policy to the US," Rudy said.