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Congress asks Govt. to call off secretary level talks with Pak

Manish Tewari

New Delhi: The Congress party on Tuesday came down heavily on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for engaging in talks with Pakistan amid the ongoing attack of the IAF base in Pathankot, saying the Foreign Secretary level talks needs to be called off.

“This government needs to call off the foreign secretary level talks as terror and talks can’t go hand in hand. After UFA you saw Gurudaspur and after Lahore you have seen Pathankot, so under these circumstances first thing this government must do is to call off the Foreign Secretary level talks,” Congress leader Manish Tewari told ANI.

The Congress leader further said that the nation must be told as to what transpired in those three engagements with Pakistan.

“This country must be told what transpired between the meetings of the two Prime Minister, two NSA in Bangkok. What transpired when the Foreign Minister went to Islamabad and spoke to her Pakistani counterpart Sartaz Aziz,” he added.

Making an ominous assessment, Tewari further said that there was a growing perception that the current government was bending over its back when it came to the hostile neighbour.

“There is a growing perception in the strategic circles that this government is going to hand over Sir Creek and Siachen to Pakistan. So, therefore it is very imperative that this government makes a declaration and take the nation into confidence as to what transpired during these three engagements with Pakistan,” he added.

Meanwhile, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) team also reached the Indian Air Force base in Pathankot today to begin its investigation of the three cases lodged in connection with the ongoing terror attack.

The NIA had registered three cases at local police stations in Punjab yesterday to probe the ‘conspiracy’ angle behind the attack.

Security forces continued search and combing operation inside the Pathankot airbase on Tuesday, the fourth day after the attack on the frontline Air Force Station by terrorists. (ANI)

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