Saturday, February 13, 2010

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NEW DELHI: The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday stressed that foreign secretary-level talks between India and Pakistan scheduled for February 25 should be limited to the issue of terrorism only. Talking to reporters, senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to assure parliament that India would focus on nothing except terrorism during the February 25 talks. "We would like that the PM make a clear statement and give full assurance that there will be no talks except on terrorism, and all other issues will be considered only if there is a successful culmination of the talks on terrorism," Joshi said. He said the BJP opposed an open-ended dialogue with Pakistan, as well as offering amnesty to militants stranded across the Line of Control. He said Singh’s government was weakening India’s control over Kashmir. Criticised: Separately, at the daily BJP press briefing, BJP spokesman Ravi Shankar Prasad criticised Home Minister P Chidambaram for offering general amnesty to the youth of Indian-held Kashmir who "may have gone across the LoC". Describing Chidambaram’s statement as "shocking" and dangerous for India’s security, he questioned whether the government had a "scheme" to bring the Kashmiri youth back from Azad Jammu and Kashmir. "Mr Chidambaram has talked about consulting with others. But has he bothered to consult with his own Cabinet colleague Ghulam Nabi Azad, who is a former chief minister of IHK, who had once stated that bringing the Kashmiri youth would be unfortunate," Azad said.



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