New Delhi: The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), Wednesday, lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi for achieving a major breakthrough in India's ties with Pakistan after Islamabad agreed to Delhi's long held view that all forms of terror are unacceptable.
Addressing a press conference shortly after Modi and Nawaz Sharif held talks in Ufa, Russia, journalist turned BJP leader MJ Akbar said, “Our Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif held a meeting this morning on sidelines SCO meeting in Ufa. The meeting was a breakthrough, the reason for this is very clear as for the first time Pakistan has accepted our definition of terrorism.”
“For the first time Pakistan has accepted to combat terrorism in 'all its forms',” he said, while pointing out that Pakistan had, for long, tried to play a nuanced game on this subject by trying to differentiate between good terrorism and bad terrorism; for India terrorism was always an unmitigated evil.
Akbar also pointed out that both sides have agreed to expedite the 26/11 Mumbai attacks case trial and will exchange voice maples of the accused.
“Pakistan has accepted the voice samples, which are the basis of our case. They were the evidence we provided , it was visible to the whole world. Now that Pakistan has accepted this, there is glimmer of light in the relationship between the two countries,” Akbar added.
The BJP leader also stressed on Prime Minister Modi's stated position on wanting to improve India's ties with all its neighbours so that the entire region can go forward on the path of prosperity.
“...but this prosperity requires peace and this common prosperity is only possible if all the countries take an united view on terrorism,” Akbar said.