‘Modi govt doesn’t have stable policy towards Pakistan’, says Ghulam Nabi Azad


Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Tuesday charged that the Narendra Modi government does not have a “stable” policy towards Pakistan and has not been able to decide on how to put Islamabd in the dock in the wake of the Uri attack.

On the Indus Water Treaty, the former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir said the government should consider all pros and cons and take a decision keeping in mind the future.

“The BJP government does not have a stable policy towards Pakistan. Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited Nawaz Sharif to his oath taking ceremony and visited the Pakistani premier uninvited on his birthday.

“And many a times, he has adopted a very tough stance against Pakistan. His government has not been able to decide on how to deal with Islamabad,” Azad, who was here to launch Congress’ yatra from Deoria to New Delhi, said.

“In the Modi government, the Foreign Secretary favours talks with Pakistan but the National Security Advisor suggests suspension of the dialogue with Islamabad. Nobody knows what they want,” he said.

Taking potshots at the Prime Minister, Azad claimed that Modi had promised the people of the country that he would “avenge the death of our soldiers and that he would bring 10 heads for every martyred jawan, but he has forgotten them now”.

To a query on the Indus Waters Treaty, he said the Modi government believes in taking a decision in seconds on issues that have been there for decades.

“It should consider all pros and cons and then take a decision in this regard. Bilateral issues have many other things linked to them. A decision concerning such issues should be taken keeping in mind the future,” he said.

Azad blamed the PDP-BJP government for the ongoing unrest in Kashmir, saying there was peace in the Valley when the National Conference government was at the helm of affairs, but tension is prevailing there since the new government has taken over.

He also hit out at the central government for not sending more emissaries to different countries.

“While Pakistan has sent over 15 emissaries to create pressure in its favour, India has sent only a couple,” he claimed and said there was a need for exposing Pakistan at the international fora.

Asked if his party was open to a tie-up with other parties for the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, he said, “Congress will go alone.”

(With PTI inputs)