Take cue from Obama, cancel meet with Sharif: BJP to PM

In the wake of the killing of five Indian soldiers along LoC, BJP said that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should cancel the forthcoming talks with Nawaz Sharif.

Last Updated: Aug 08, 2013, 14:45 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: In the wake of the killing of five Indian soldiers along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday said that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should cancel the forthcoming talks with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif in September.

"PM should take cue from Barack Obama, who cancelled his meet with Putin, and cancel his meeting with Nawaz Sharif," said senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi.

Notably, US President Barack Obama has cancelled talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the G20 economic talks after Kremlin granted asylum to intelligence leaker Edward Snowden.

Another BJP leader Yashwant Sinha expressed satisfaction over Defence Minister AK Antony`s fresh statement on the killing of soldiers, but demanded that there should be no talks with Pakistan.

"Our demand to end talks with Pakistan still holds. We also want a debate on the broader issue of terror and intrusions," Sinha said.

Asked if the government has been soft on Pakistan, Sinha said: "There is no government in India, soft or hard."

The BJP leaders` statement came after Antony said in Parliament that specialist troops of the Pakistan Army were involved in the attack and killing of five Indian soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir two days ago.

Antony said that based on an on-the-spot assessment by Army Chief General Bikram Singh, it is now clear that the attack was carried out by Pakistani Army regulars.

During their meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday, top BJP leaders cautioned against talking to Islamabad, saying the atmosphere was not conducive for the resumption of talks with Pakistan.
Earlier on Wednesday, Congress spokesperson PC Chacko had said the proposed meeting of Prime Ministers Manmohan Singh and Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will go ahead in September on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.