Government clueless on tackling Pakistan: Congress

Congress asks Delhi to proceed only if there are deliverables from Islamabad.

Updated - November 16, 2021 04:29 pm IST

Published - August 22, 2015 03:05 pm IST - New Delhi

The Congress on Saturday said the government lacked “coherence and clarity” on issues related to relations with Pakistan.

Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Anand Sharma used strong words to describe the confusion over the NSA-level talks, saying the government lacked a clear road map.

“Diplomacy and statecraft are serious issues. This government lacks a coherent approach, clarity or a road map in resolving issues with Pakistan,” he said.

He advised the government to proceed only if there were deliverables from the Pakistani establishment.

“The government should only proceed if there are going to be deliverables, which we doubt. Our advice to the government is to be cautious, and by default not help the Pakistani propaganda,” he added. Mr. Sharma,said his party was concerned and upset with these developments. “The situation has raised fundamental questions. We are concerned, saddened and embarrassed by these developments. This is a matter of India’s dignity, pride and position on the issue of terrorism,” Mr. Sharma said.

‘Must speak in one voice’

“India has to speak in one voice when it comes to the issue of terrorism,” he said.

Congress’ chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said: “Pakistan is so belligerent that they are questioning the integration of Jammu and Kashmir with India, and now just before the NSA-level talks they are inviting the separatists who do not have faith in the Indian Constitution.” “What is the Modi government’s policy on tackling terror?” he asked. Noting that diplomacy and statecraft are “not event management and photo-ops,” he reminded the government of the recent attacks along the International Border.

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