Congress Raps Modi’s Pakistan visit

Narendra Modi Nawaz Sharif (File)

Congress leader Manish Tewari called it an “adventure” by Modi….reports Asian Lite News 

 Narendra Modi  Nawaz Sharif  (File)
Narendra Modi Nawaz Sharif (File)

The Congress on Friday questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Pakistan, saying serious information like this should not have been revealed through Twitter.

“It is unfortunate that we get to know about prime minister’s visit through a tweet… India and Pakistan relations are not so good as yet that he stops over there on his way back from another country,” Congress spokesperson Ajoy Kumar said.

“The parliament session got over just a few days back, why was the parliament and the country left in dark. Why didn’t the prime minister take the country and parliament in confidence,” he questioned.

Congress leader Manish Tewari called it an “adventure” by the Indian prime minister.

“This adventure of prime minister will have serious impact on national security, there were no changes in relationship (with Pakistan) by NSA talks, or Heart of Asia conference. Eventually prime minister needs to answer what has changed in ground situation,” Tewari said.

In a sudden development on Friday, Modi said he will meet his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif in Lahore in the afternoon on his way back to New Delhi from Afghanistan.

Modi also wished Sharif on his birthday.

Friday also marks the 139th birth anniversary of Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

Sena Reaction

BJP ally Shiv Sena on Friday said if Prime Minister Narendra Modi succeeds in bringing back fugitive mafia don Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar, it would support his brief halt in Pakistan.

“Tomorrow is Dawood Ibrahim’s birthday… if the PM can succeed in bringing him back to India, then we shall welcome and support his meeting wih Pakistan prime minister today,” Sena MP and spokesperson Sanjay Raut said here.

He reiterated the party’s known stance that “there should be no dialogue with Pakistan till it stops targeting India with terror acts”.

“Even yesterday (Thursday) there was a terror strike in Jammu and Kashmir in which some 12-13 soldiers were seriously injured and are battling for life,” Raut pointed out.

He rued the BJP does not consult or seek consent of the Sena on important international issues (like this).

To a query on former journalist Sudheendra Kulkarni who has urged Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray to visit Pakistan, Raut dismissively said “nobody knows or has heard of Kulkarni”.