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Updated: February 23, 2013 02:46 IST

Rajnath Singh wants India to scale down ties with Pakistan

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BJP national president Rajnath Singh visits the site of bomb blasts at Dilsukhnagar in Hyderabad on Friday. Photo: G. Ramakrishna
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BJP national president Rajnath Singh visits the site of bomb blasts at Dilsukhnagar in Hyderabad on Friday. Photo: G. Ramakrishna

Bharatiya Janata Party national president Rajnath Singh on Friday wants India to scale down its diplomatic ties with Pakistan “for the time being” in the wake of the twin bomb blasts at Dilsukhnagar here.

Addressing a press conference after visiting the bomb blast sites and calling on the injured in three hospitals, Mr. Singh said there were no two opinions that Pakistan’s ISI was sponsoring terrorist activities in India. Following the Mumbai terror attack, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had stated that unless Pakistan helped in catching the culprits, there would be no dialogue.

But Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) were announced subsequently. There was no point in continuing with them now. He wanted India to lodge a strong protest with Pakistan on the terrorism issue. “It is not being done strongly and with conviction,” he added.

Accusing the UPA government of being soft on terrorism, Mr. Singh wanted it to accept terrorism as a “challenge” and come out with an action plan to stamp it out and bust the sleeper modules. The BJP would fully support the government in combating it.

Replying to a question, he said the government was soft due to vote bank politics. “Maybe the government feels that the vote bank will be adversely affected,” he said. But nobody will favour terrorism, be it Hindus or Muslims.

The BJP president held the Centre responsible for the twin blasts even as he maintained that he did not wish to politicise the issue.

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Yes it is Pakistan and ISI,even a small accident in a remote Indian village is because
of ISI,plz dont blame Pakistan for every thing wrong in our home,we need to grow

from:  sardar singh
Posted on: Feb 23, 2013 at 20:22 IST

Clueless politicians trying to exacerbate the situation. Mr. Singh
should educate us as to how he is proposing to reduce our problems by
cutting ties with a neighbor. Bomb blast is not the only crime
government has failed to tackle. Who is responsible for crimes of rape
by police, attacks by mobs, stealing public funds, taking bribes from
foreign companies, murder, killing babies, rebellion in the East-- the
list goes on. Blame is game will not do much good. Drastic political
action to face the reality on the ground is necessary to combat crimes.

from:  Maya Ghose
Posted on: Feb 23, 2013 at 12:19 IST

Such ideas from a leader of a national level party claiming to form next government look really immature.It shall not reduce any terrorism related incidents in India, rather provide encouragement to people undertaking subversive activities.

from:  atis
Posted on: Feb 23, 2013 at 06:50 IST

It will be more appropriate to do soul-searching instead of blaming

from:  umesh bhagwat
Posted on: Feb 23, 2013 at 05:54 IST
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