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Send strong message but don’t stop talking: Congress

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Yashwant Sinha. File Photo: PTI
PTI Yashwant Sinha. File Photo: PTI

As the Bharatiya Janata Party stepped up its rhetoric against Pakistan, urging the government to suspend the ongoing dialogue process, the Congress, reflecting the government’s position, adopted a balanced line: a strong message needed to be sent out to Islamabad that violations of the Geneva Convention would not be tolerated, but that should not in any way hamper the peace talks.

This came after the former External Affairs Minister, Yashwant Sinha, argued that dialogue would serve no purpose unless Pakistan was willing to honour past agreements and commitments, even as he conceded that India should not sever diplomatic ties with that country.

Responding sharply to his remarks, Congress spokesperson Sandeep Dikshit said it was possible the BJP was now regretting that it had taken the bus to Lahore, a reference to the former Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s historic bus ride. “We want friendly relations with Pakistan and [so] the process of dialogue is also on,” Mr. Dikshit said, pointing out that it was for the government to decide whether the recent incident [killings of two Indian soldiers] was so serious that it merited strong action. “We don’t want to break the process of peace but at the same time we need to send a strong message to Pakistan that we are strong and can face any challenge.”

Mr. Sinha’s comments came in the wake of Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj attacking the government for its weakness in engaging Pakistan. India needed to take “tough measures” against Islamabad, Ms. Swaraj said, as she lamented that the government had not bothered to respond to the BJP’s offer of unconditional support to any measure it planned to take.

On Friday, the BJP even organised a protest the killing of two soldiers by Pakistani troops, in a bid to pressure the government to take a tough position against Islamabad.

Mr. Sinha conceded that the NDA government had committed the mistake of engaging with Pakistan: “During discussions with Pakistan, we should keep one basic principle in mind — that it has never implemented the agreements. It accepts the agreements but never implements them. Even today if any agreement takes place with Pakistan, you can assume it will not be followed,” he said.

Referring to the January 2004 agreement with Pakistan when Mr. Vajpayee visited Islamabad, he said, “Then Pakistan had agreed that it will not allow its land or land within its control to be used for promoting violence against India. But this too was not implemented and 26/11 took place.”

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India has a vast arsenal of weapons, time to use them effectively, there is no point in having them if you still get bullied by failed states like Pakistan. Sad thing is that Pakistan internally is under attack by terror, and yet they are more concerned about harrasing India on the border. Congress is completely deluded in trying to keep a useless peace process open with Pakistan

from:  Vida
Posted on: Jan 12, 2013 at 16:03 IST

The policy of the Grand Old Party of India is flawed.The recent incident
of killing of jawans and taking away of the heads is barbarian.India
should learn its lessons from Isreal. Drone strikes are achieving the
objective of eliminating fundamentalist.India should take a cue from
these and strike at Pakistan if not declaring a war on that country

from:  manoharan
Posted on: Jan 12, 2013 at 08:27 IST

What's the use? We need to explain what is meant by 'would not be
tolerated' and how! Each time we say 'from today onwards' but that today
becomes Past and we mention another Today!

from:  Arvind
Posted on: Jan 12, 2013 at 05:35 IST

Any deep friendship with Pakistan will be the ruin of our country.
Even a leopard can change its spots but Pakistan will not and cannot give up its dream of turning the whole subcontinent into Pakistan. Any further involvement than keeping good neighborliness, will only help Pakistan to make its dream come true by hook or by crook.

from:  CH. Namasivayam
Posted on: Jan 12, 2013 at 03:33 IST

It is very difficult to live in uncertainty, despite Pakistan govt. receiving massive US
aid to improve living standard for its citizens, terrorist organizations continue to
lure youngsters in its fold. and I have no hesitation to say that it is the culture of
our society to manipulate the system and extort as much money and still abuse. It
is like living at the expense of the other people.
If Pakistan can't control its territory then the enemy should be dealt with with what
it take. Some time you have to be cruel to be kind and India and Pakistan should
join hands and eliminate the culprits, Better for both the countries and as the saying
goes live and let live in peace an harmony.

from:  Rachhpal
Posted on: Jan 12, 2013 at 02:10 IST

The way of give strong massage according to congress is-Not playing
cricket with pakistan for some years :)

from:  navarang
Posted on: Jan 12, 2013 at 01:58 IST

Peace .... please, every time we try we get stabbed in the back. There's a limit to foolishness, Please be realistic GoI.

from:  rahul
Posted on: Jan 12, 2013 at 01:55 IST
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