BJP defends Operation Parakram

February 24, 2009 12:00 am | Updated April 01, 2010 04:57 pm IST

New Delhi: In an apparent rebuff to senior party leader Jaswant Singh, who stated last week that he would “not defend Operation Parakram,” the Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) on Monday said the operation was part of “coercive diplomacy” without which Pakistan would not have signed the January 2004 accord.

“I can say that the January 6, 2004, accord with Pakistan would not have taken place without Operation Parakram,” BJP leader Yashwant Sinha told reporters.

Strongly defending the erstwhile NDA government for launching the operation, which involved general mobilisation of the army in 2002 to prepare for a war against Pakistan after the terrorist attack on Parliament in December 2001, Mr. Sinha said this was “essentially a part of coercive diplomacy.” – PTI

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