‘PM has `erred` in calling Gilani man of peace’

BJP on Thursday said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has "erred" in calling his Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani a "man of peace".

Updated: Nov 10, 2011, 17:35 PM IST

New Delhi: BJP on Thursday said Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh has "erred" in calling his Pakistani
counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani a "man of peace" as his country
continues to sponsor cross-border terrorism.

Reacting to the remark of Singh after a meeting with
Gilani on the sidelines of the Saarc Summit in the Maldives,
BJP leader and former External Affairs Minister Yashwant Sinha
said that Pakistan has done nothing either in the 26/11 Mumbai
attack case or on issue of terrorism.

"The Prime Minister of India has erred in describing Mr
Gilani as a man of peace. The central issue between India and
Pakistan has been cross-border terrorism and there is nothing
Pakistan has done to warrant the impression that they are
serious about tackling the issue," Sinha said.

He said that while Singh praised Gilani, Pakistan
Interior Minister Rehman Malik maintained that there is no
evidence against Jamaat-ud-Dawa led by Hafiz Saeed.

"We know of the involvement of Saeed and the ISI in
terror activities through documented evidence worldwide,"
Sinha said.

He said that while the Indian army chief, the Home
Minister and the Defence Minister have talked about Pakistan`s
involvement in terror acts, Prime Minister Singh seemed to be
"oblivious" of what his own people were saying.

"This will not be acceptable to the people of India,"
Sinha said.

Asked about Malik`s statement that 26/11 convict Ajmal
Kasab should be hanged, Sinha said, "At the same time, he is
also saying that those involved in Samjhauta Express blast
should also be hanged. Be that as it may, Pakistan always
tried to draw parity with India on the issue of terrorism."

Sinha said that when India talks about Pakistani
interference in Kashmir, the neighbouring country mentions
Balochistan. Similarly, when the issue of bringing 26/11
accused to book is raised, Pakistan talks about Hindu terror
and Samjhauta blast, he said.

"Our Prime Minister had said after 26/11 that we will
not rest till the perpetrators of the attack were brought to
book. But till now who, other than Kasab, has been brought to
book in the Mumbai case?" Sinha asked.

He said that Pakistan should stop using the "well-
crafted" arguments about the involvement of "state
actors" and "non-state actors" in terror acts against India.

The BJP leader also said that ISI was reportedly
behind the attack on India`s embassy in Kabul.

Asked about External Affairs Minister S M Krishna`s
comments that the trust deficit between the two countries is
shrinking, Sinha said he did not how this could be stated.

"The trust deficit will start shrinking only when
Pakistan recognises the involvement of state actors in
terrorist acts, when it stops talking with a forked tongue on
Indo-Pak relations and stops seeking parity on these issues,"
he said.

The BJP leader emphasised that the Indian government
and its top officials easily forget the terror acts in a short
time and this was leading to such an attitude towards

"We forget the past very easily," Sinha said.