Indo-Pak talks: Palpable differences between MEA, Home, says BJP

Claiming "palpable differences" between the Ministries of External Affairs and Home, BJP on Thursday accused S M Krishna of "publicly insulting and humiliating" Home Secretary G K Pillai.

Last Updated: Jul 22, 2010, 21:25 PM IST

New Delhi: Claiming "palpable differences"
between the Ministries of External Affairs and Home, BJP on Thursday
accused S M Krishna of "publicly insulting and humiliating"
Home Secretary G K Pillai, who, it maintained had made the
right statements about ISI and the Pakistan Army.

"External Affairs Minister S M Krishna has spoken again...
We want to remind Krishna that there is a thin line between
sobriety and submission and we regret to say that he has
transgressed this line," BJP Chief spokesperson Ravi Shankar
Prasad said.
BJP expressed dismay that even on the "sensitive" issue of
Indo-Pakistan relations, the UPA administration "cannot speak
in one voice".

"Why cannot they have this discipline?" Prasad said.

Coming in support of Pillai, BJP said the Home Secretary`s
statement (based on David Hedley`s interrogation) that the ISI
and Pakistan Army were involved in Mumbai terror attack, was
right.

Prasad further alleged that when Pillai was compared to
JuD Chief Hafiz Saeed, Krishna kept silent and was now
criticising the Home Secretary.

"After five days you insult and humiliate the Home
Secretary in public. How fair is this?" the spokesperson said.

Krishna had said yesterday that though what Pillai
commented about Pakistan`s involvement in 26/11 is correct,
timing of the statement was wrong as it had come on the eve of
his visit to the neighbouring country.
The main opposition alleged that the External Affairs and
Home Ministry were not on the "same page" and sought to know
what exactly was the policy of the government on Indo-Pak
talks.

Prasad asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA
Chairperson Sonia Gandhi to clarify their stand.

"Why are the Prime Minister and Sonia Gandhi silent on
this issue. There is a palpable disconnect between the Home
Ministry and Ministry of External Affairs... India`s image has
suffered a dent," he said.

The Rajya Sabha MP maintained that his party was "pained
to see the acrimony" at the joint press conference held by
Krishna and his Pakistani counterpart S M Qureshi.

BJP reminded Congress of Jawaharlal Nehru`s words that
through non-alignment, India was following a "truly
independent" foreign policy and said this was not the case
anymore.

"After the blunder on Balochistan at Sharm-el-Sheikh and
the insult in Pakistan, what is the next line of action?" he
asked.

The main opposition also took digs at Krishna`s style of
conducting diplomacy and seemed to draw a parallel with former
Home Minister Shivraj Patil.

"Protocol, dignity and sartorial elegance are fine but
the pride of India is above all this," Prasad said.

PTI