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UPA's rhetoric against Pakistan is a bail-out, says BJP

Source: PTI
January 05, 2009 19:16 IST
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In the wake of Pakistan's refusal to extradite those guilty in the Mumbai terror attacks, the Bharatiya Janata Party on Monday accused the United Progressive Alliance government of converting the 'warning rhetoric into a bail-out plan' for the neighbouring country.

"It seems that the warning rhetoric of the UPA government against Pakistan has converted into a bail out plan for the neighbouring country from its participation in 26/11 attack in Mumbai," BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar told reporters.

Javadekar alleged that Home Minister P Chidambaram's recent statement, where he had stated that Pakistan would have to pay enormously if a strike like the Mumbai terror attack is repeated, was a testimony to this bail-out plan.

He alleged that of late the government was "warning Pakistan for the future, and in a way condoning the present act".

Javadekar alleged that the UPA government had committed four cardinal sins since it came to power in 2004.

Enumerating them, he said, "Not making any reference to the Musharaf-Vajpayee joint statement of January 6, 2004; calling Pakistan a victim of terror; stating that the India-Pakistan peace process would not be disrupted due to terror attacks; and, declaring a joint terror mechanism with the perpetrators of terror- Pakistan."

The saffron party said Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi's statement that it cannot extradite the terror suspects as there is no extradition treaty with India was 'not acceptable'.

"Pakistan is bound by the United Nations Charter to fight terror, various bilateral agreements and the SAARC Charter. Pakistan cannot avoid its responsibility under the excuse of having no extradition treaty," Javadekar said.

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