Manmohan shouldn't be keen on talking to Sharif: Advani - The New Indian Express

Manmohan shouldn't be keen on talking to Sharif: Advani

Published: 13th August 2013 08:52 PM

Last Updated: 13th August 2013 08:52 PM

BJP leader L K Advani on Monday said that after Defence Minister A K Antony and the army chief have clearly specified that Pakistan army was involved in the killing of five jawans at the LoC the Prime Minister should not be keen on talking to his Pakistan counterpart.

In his latest blog posting, Advani heaped praise on Army Chief Gen Bikram Singh for having made the Defence Minister not just confirm what the army press note had said about the incident earlier but also specifically to add that "specialist troops of the Pakistan army were involved in this attack".

The BJP leader further maintains that after both Defence Minister A K Antony and the army chief had clearly said that Pakistani forces were involved, there should be no talks at the level of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif.

"The country hopes that after this kind of firm assertion by the minister and the army, the Prime Minister would abandon his keenness to have peace talks with his Pakistani counterpart," Advani said.

Drawing a parallel with another event on the international fora between the US and Russia, Advani said "these very days, the world has been watching how a (Edward) Snowden asylum made (Barack) Obama call off his scheduled meeting with (Vladimir) Putin!"

Taking jibes at Antony, Advani said he could not give the same compliment to the Defence Minister as he had to the army chief as he had not "shown courage" to formally withdraw his statement on August 6.

Terming the army's press statement as "absolutely accurate", Advani further said even in his revised statement, Antony had not apologized to the army for "the ridiculous alterations he had made in the army's version".

"No minister can say anything in the House which is false. If he does say something untrue because he had been misinformed, the least he must do is to express regrets," Advani said.

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