Updated: February 26, 2010 01:10 IST

Indo-Pak talks a 'futile exercise', says BJP

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BJP president Nitin Gadkari. Photo: S. Gopakumar
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BJP president Nitin Gadkari. Photo: S. Gopakumar

Terming the Indo-Pak Foreign Secretary-level talks on Thursday a “meaningless and futile exercise”, the BJP said it failed to understand why New Delhi should hold dialogue with the government of a country whose people do not listen to it.

“Today is a black day in Indian history. Pakistan is supporting terrorists. It does not stop cross-border terrorism. It does not have control over terrorists moving freely in that country. Pakistan government is allowing terrorists to use their soil and groom them. With such a country, Government of India is holding talks”, BJP president Nitin Gadkari said while addressing a rally here.

“It is shameful. It is a black day for us. I do not understand what pressures are forcing India to hold talks with Pakistan”, he said.

Mr. Gadkari said, “Today talks are going on with Pakistan government. I don’t understand why we are holding talks with Pakistan government when the people of that country do not listen to its government”.

“There is no meaning in these talks. It is a futile exercise”, the BJP chief said.

“What happened after 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks? People of Pakistan refused to take the bodies of the slain terrorists, who were identified. Their families and places were also identified. Pakistan government first denied involvement in the incident but when the entire plan was exposed, they kept mum. And we are holding talks with this government”, he said.

“Pakistan started proxy war with India (in Jammu and Kashmir),” he said, adding it was being continued. “They (Pakistan) are fuelling cross-border terrorism. They support Lashkar, Taliban, al Qaeada and ISI.”

Accusing the Congress of being supporting minorities and militant forces in the country in “the garb of secularism”, Mr. Gadkari said, “By all this Congress has created a new country within the country. They have committed this sin for which they will have to pay.” On Kashmir, he said as long as the Congress was in power at the Centre, a solution to the Kashmir issue was “impossible”.

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