Delhi, Jan 6 (Agencies): Attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi for making an unscheduled visit to Pakistan to meet his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif, the Congress Party on Wednesday said that the former trusts ‘those on the other side of the border’ more than his ministers.
“Looks like the Prime Minister trusts those on the other side of the border more than us even when they have betrayed us again and again. The kind of statements that our ministers have been making, it appears that the Prime Minister doesn’t trust his own ministers. He should have taken opposition parties into confidence before taking such a step,” Congress leader Pramod Tiwari said when asked about Nawaz Sharif calling up Prime Minister Modi to give assurance that they would act against those responsible for Pathankot attack.
“Prime Minister went there (Pakistan) uninvited. Look what followed. It is the brave efforts of our soldiers that the attackers were neutralized, otherwise the loss could have been more,” he added.
Sharif had called up Prime Minister Modi on Tuesday and appreciated New Delhi for showing maturity in its statements post the terror attack on the Pathankot Airbase while asserting that terrorists were trying to disrupt the efforts to bring peace between the two countries.
Sharif further assured that their government was working on the leads and information provided by the Indian Government on the Pathankot attack, adding that they would investigate the matter.
The telephonic conversation takes place at a time when the Foreign Secretary-level talks with Pakistan scheduled for this month looks in serious jeopardy with strong indications that the Modi Government may call off the engagement if evidence emerges that Pakistan’s state actors were complicit in the fidayeen raid on the air base.
Reports suggest that India expects Pakistan to take action against the leaders of terrorist group Jaish-e-Muhammaed, which scripted the attack on Pathankot, as a pre-condition for the talks.
Lauding the valiant efforts of the security forces for defending the Pathankot air base from the fidayeen, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday said six terrorists have been neutralised so far in the combing operation, which is still on for safety purpose.
2015 Kashmir Despatch