Criticizing Prime Minister’s sudden visit to Pakistan, Congress said on Friday said that the unannounced move cannot be termed ‘statesman like’ and added that diplomacy must have seriousness and gravitas.
Questioning the secrecy,Congress leader Anand Sharma said “We think it was pre-arranged and not a spontaneous decision,An industrialist who has a private business with ruling establishment in Pakistan is there already, so how is PM visit spontaneous?” .
Congress accused Modi Government of pursuing a Pakistan policy in “fits and starts and abrupt U-turns” while BJP ally Shiv Sena and VHP asked if the visit will enable India get hold of Dawood Ibrahim, Hafiz Saeed and Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi.
Questioning his visit, Congress leader Manish Tewari pondered if Modi had other interests behind this visit. In a tweet on Saturday he said, “Whispers are floating that a steel oligarch who ostensibly brokered a meeting between Modi & Nawaz in Thimpu is in Lahore now Any guesses.”
Tewari also alleged that the National Security has been undermined by Modi’s visit. “PM maybe ate breakfast in Kabul, had tea in Lahore & dinner in Delhi but Sum total of food for diplomacy= zilch National Security undermined,” he tweeted.
Congress senior spokesperson Anand Sharma said his engagement with Pakistan is “frivolous, unpredictable, marked by fits and starts and abrupt U-turns”.
Kashmiri separatists consider Modi’s positive approach
Senior separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani said he was always in the favour of good relations between the two countries, but added the same should happen by resolving the Kashmir issue.
“I am always in favour of good relations between India and Pakistan, but this can only happen if the human problem of the people of Jammu and Kashmir is resolved,” Geelani told reporters.
Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, Kashmir’s chief cleric and chairman of moderate group of separatist Hurriyat Conference was the first among the separatists to welcome the gesture.
“It is a positive move, a good step and we should welcome easing of tensions between the two countries, but the basic issue of Kashmir will have to be resolved if the two countries really want to move ahead in good neighbourly relations”, the Mirwaiz told some local reporters.
Muhammad Yasin Malik, chairman of the Pro-Azadi Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) has reacted cautiously to the development.
“Nobody wants to oppose peace between India and Pakistan…We welcome the gesture, but assert that such goodwill gestures would only remain cosmetic as long as the people of Jammu and Kashmir divided between India and Pakistan continue to stew in their own soup”, Malik said.