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Raking up Sidhu’s visit to Imran’s swearing in an attempt to obfuscate NDA’s lack of Pak policy: Congress

8/21/2018

New Delhi,  Slamming attempts by the BJP to rake up the issue of Navjot Sindhu’s attending swearing in of Imran Khan, the Congress on Tuesday said that it was a concerted attempt by the Government in order to obfuscate its lack of a policy towards Pakistan. Referring to contrasting claims by Pakistan and the Indian Government on the Modi Government having given an invite for talks between the two countries, the Congress said that the PM should put speculations in this regard at rest by making public the contents of his letter to Imran Khan in which he congratulated him on becoming Prime Minister of Pakistan. Talking to reporters here, AICC spokesperson Manish Tewari, reacting to the BJP raking up the issue of Sidhu’s visit, said,’’Navjot Singh Sidhu’s visit to Pakistan is not the issue. The real issue is the relations between India and Pakistan. In reality, the relations between India and Pakistan are extremely convulated. The NDA has jumped from sublime to ridiculous on its policy towards Pakistan. The Prime Minister should make clear his Government’s policy towards Pakistan. BJP’s attempt to rake up the issue is a concerted attempt to obfuscate the lack of policy of this Government towards Pakistan.’’ Referring to contrasting claims by Pakistan and the Indian Government on the Modi Government having given an invite for talks between the two countries, Mr Tewari said,’’the Prime Minister should put speculations in this regard at rest by making public the contents of his letter to Imran Khan in which he congratulated him on becoming Prime Minister of Pakistan.’’ Referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s letter to Imran, Pakistan’s newly appointed foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, in a press conference, said that Mr Modi had “indicated the beginning of talks between the two countries.” Sources in the Indian Government, however, said that the Prime Minister, in his letter to Imran, spoke about the need for a terror-free South Asia, but provided “no specific proposal for reopening dialogue”.

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