Venkaiah slams leaders ‘speaking language of Pakistan’

New Delhi: Information & Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday lashed out at the political rivals for “speaking the language of Pakistan” and seeking proof of India’s surgical strikes across the border.

“Some people are today speaking the language of Pakistan,” asserted Naidu speaking at a ceremony organised to release a book “Modi’s Midas Touch in Foreign Policy”.

The minister asserted that soon such political leaders would “realise their mistakes” in endorsing the views of Pakistan.

He said that “India wants peace with all neighbouring countries including Pakistan”, but added that Islamabad has not reciprocated the Indian gestures of friendship.

“There is no need of any proof of Pakistan aiding and abetting terrorism,” he said in veiled reference to demands from some Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders, including P. Chidambaram and Arvind Kejriwal, that the government needs to give proof of the recent surgical strikes in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

“Pakistan has never walked the talk,” Naidu said referring to the assurance given by Pakistan in 2004 that its territory would not be allowed to be used for terror activities.

Speaking on the occasion, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during the last two-and-a-half years, has shown “incredible skill” in making new friends and establishing stronger bonds with old friends.

“Modi’s Midas Touch in Foreign Policy” has been penned by former diplomat Surendra Kumar.

Among others, another former diplomat Lalit Mansingh also spoke on the occasion.