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Govt policy on terror most week kneed since independence: Cong

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New Delhi: Accusing the Narendra Modi government of having a “weak kneed” policy to deal with terror, Congress today questioned whether the NSA-level talks would bring any result in the backdrop of Islamabad’s “belligerent stand”.

“The Modi government has the most week kneed policy since independence to fight terror… It has no policy to fight terror both internal and external.

“It has no Pakistan policy. It swings from one extreme to other like a pendulum,” party’s chief spokesman Randeep Surjewala told reporters accusing the Modi dispensation of being “soft” on terror and separatists.

Questioning the “sanctity and utility” of holding the NSA- level talks in the backdrop of “belligerent stand by a belligerent Pakistan”, he said that the Prime Minister must answer to the nation whether any talks under such circumstances

bring “tangible results”.

Recalling Modi’s statements while being in the Opposition that no talks with Pakistan should be held in the shadow of gunshots and blasts, he suggested that the Prime Minister should now decide whether it is proper to hold talks in the wake of Pakistan-sponsored terror attacks.

Besides, Surjewala said that Modi had spoken of showing “red eyes” to Pakistan and had proclaimed of having a “56-inch” chest to take on the enemy. “But what we see is IS flags flying in Jammu and Kashmir and the PDP-BJP government thanks separatists, terrorists and Pakistan after the Assembly elections”.

“You detain the separatists and release them in hours,” he said, taking a dig at the detention and release of the Hurriyat Conference leaders today.

It also wanted India to demand change of venue of next month’s Commonwealth Parliamentary Union meeting in view of Pakistan’s decision not to host it amid a row over its refusal to invite the Speaker of Jammu and Kashmir Assembly for the conference.

Surjewala claimed when the Congress-led UPA was in power, Pakistan had not made an issue of the invitation to the J&K Assembly Speaker.