BJP describes Pak to be ‘epicentre of global terrorism’May 4th, 2011 - 8:07 pm ICT by ANI
New Delhi, May 4 (ANI): Terming Pakistan to be the ‘epicentre of global terrorism’, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday urged the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government at the Centre to review its decision to restore peace talks after Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was killed in that country.
Noting the discovery and subsequent killing of al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in a Pakistani town, senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley said the country could no longer claim to be a ‘victim of terror’.
“The fact that Osama was housed in a mansion close to the Pakistani Military Academy itself establishes that Pakistan is the epicentre of the global terrorism, which was harbouring the world’s most wanted global terrorist,” said Jaitley.
“India’s legitimate concern that those who have perpetrated terror in India are also housed comfortably in Pakistan is no longer in doubt. Pakistan can no longer claim to be a victim of terror. Those who use terrorism as an instrument of state policy will always suffer due to their duplicity,” he added.
Osama was killed by US Navy Seals in a covert operation authorised by President Barack Obama, inside a heavily fortified residential complex located close to a Pakistani Military Academy in Pakistan’s Abbottabad town on Monday.
Pointing to India’s ‘cricket diplomacy’ and subsequent Secretary-level talks, Jaitely said the Government of India needed to rethink its overtures of friendly dialogue with Pakistan.
“The Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and the UPA (United Progressive Alliance) government need to introspect upon their policy towards Pakistan. Talks and terror cannot co-exist. Pakistan is the sponsor and user of terror, not its victim,” said Jaitley.
“Pakistan has not been honest in its commitment that its territory will not be used for terror. The world has realized this reality. We urge the Government of India also to see the reason in it,” he added.
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, had invited his Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani to watch the ICC Cricket World Cup semi-final clash between the two nations at Mohali in March this year. (ANI)
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