Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: The Bharatiya Janata Party on Monday objected to a statement by Pakistan Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz that Pakistan was steadfast in its support for the inalienable right of the Kashmiri people to self-determination.

Party leader and the former External Affairs Minister, Yashwant Sinha, who briefed journalists at the party headquarters, was critical of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee for welcoming a statement by Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf that those who believed in violence would have no say in the future of Kashmir. Instead of rushing to welcome this, India should have asked Pakistan to act on its commitment to not allow any territory under its control be used for launching attacks against India. He was referring to the January 2004 India-Pakistan declaration in Islamabad.