Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: The Bharatiya Janata Party on Saturday said the United States presidential nominee Barack Obama’s charge against Pakistan was a serious issue and the Manmohan Singh government should take it up with the Pakistan High Commissioner here.

Mr. Obama had accused Pakistan of misusing American aid for preparing for a war against India.

BJP spokesman Ravi Shankar Prasad said it was known that terror attacks in Kashmir had increased recently and Bangladesh had become the new nerve centre for Islamic fundamentalists. Now Mr. Obama had made a specific charge against Pakistan.

Now that Asif Ali Zardari had been elected Pakistan President, the government must take up the issue and point out that in an agreement with India, Pakistan had said it would not allow its territory to be used for terrorist activity against New Delhi. Pakistan must implement that agreement, Mr. Prasad said.