Panaji: Welcoming election of Nawaz Sharif as Prime Minister of Pakistan, BJP on Saturday said strengthening of democracy in the neighbouring country augurs well for India but it still views these developments with "cautious optimism" in view of past experience and "disoriented and ineffective" foreign policy of the UPA government.
"BJP welcomes the victory of Nawaz Sharif in the recently held general elections in Pakistan. Democracy gaining strength in Pakistan guarantees peace in South Asia region," BJP president Rajnath Singh said in his inaugural address at the party`s national executive meet here.
He said despite Sharif`s election, BJP looks at Pakistan with "cautious optimism" as historically ties between India and Pakistan have become so entangled that not mere words but concrete action is required to untangle them.
"The Home Minister has made a statement that Pakistan`s ISI was actively involved in misguiding Sikh youth to take up terrorist activities. If Pakistan wants to improve relations (with India) it should stop such activities immediately," Singh said.
He also requested the Indian government not to turn a blind eye to the inhumane treatment given to Sikhs and Hindus in Pakistan, and said those refugees coming from Pakistan should be given visas.
BJP expressed dismay at the foreign policy adopted by the UPA government and said even a small country like Maldives has now started giving us a tough time.
"Ever since the UPA government has come to power, India`s foreign policy has become disoriented and ineffective," Singh said.
Singh was especially concerned about deteriorating relations with China and called for strong measures.
"The case of illegal occupation of Indian territory by Chinese forces was presented as some routine incident by the UPA government. But when the Chinese soldiers withdrew they immediately claimed a huge diplomatic victory," he said.
Highlighting other concerns, the BJP president said China should withdraw its troops from PoK areas like Gilgit and Baltistan.
The main opposition also underscored the problems in Tibet where Buddhist monks have committed self-immolation in protest against human rights violations by China.
Singh said India should actively cooperate in rebuilding Afghanistan and draw an effective security strategy once the NATO forces withdraw from that country in 2014.
BJP also called for effective measures while dealing with Mynamar, Nepal and Sri Lanka.