New Delhi: Congress today targetted Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah after Pakistani media reported that the JIT, which came to India to probe the Pathankot terror attack, dubbed it as a “drama staged by India to malign Pakistan”.
While it demanded an apology from Shah for “having distributed certificates of sincerity to Pakistan”, it took a swipe at Modi saying he was “nose led” repeatedly by the Pakistani establishment into situations which led to national embarrassment.
“From day one, we had asked what convinced the Prime Minister or assured him that the understanding reached between his NSA Ajit Doval and the Pakistani NSA former ISI General Naseer Janjua convinced him that the entire establishment of Pakistan endorsed the talks and the peace process. He and his government have been silent.
“First it happened post-Ufa when there was an attack in Udhampur, then Gurdaspur, then after his dramatic visit to Lahore and Raiwind to Nawaz Sharif’s residence, in five days, we had the attack in Pathankot. What Prime Minister has claimed and his government as diplomatic triumph has turned out to be a diplomatic disaster,” senior Congress spokesperson Anand Sharma Sharma told reporters.
Congress’ communication department chief Randeep Surjewala said “reports in Pakistani media quoting leaked contents of Pakistani Joint Investigation Team report on Pathankot terror attack have once again exposed the doubled-faced policy of Pakistan in dealing with terrorism.”
He said “it is now clear that neither has Modiji’s rhetoric of 56 inches chest or showing red eyes to Pakistan and China paid off nor has his sudden visit to Pakistan and attending feasts and marriage parties with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had any effect.”
The Congress leader said the Prime Minister should “rise over theatrics” and take diplomacy seriously, which the country expects as 125 crore people of India are feeling “betrayed” by Modi.
Surjewala said the “reposition of confidence” in the Pakistani JIT by Shah appears to have “backfired”.
Taking the attack on Shah further, Sharma said, “BJP President Amit Shah had given a certificate of sincerity to Pakistan. He is the head of the ruling party lacking of any elementary comprehension of the strategic issues involved and the complexity of the relationship between Pakistan and India.”
Alleging that the NSA and Modi government have let India and its people down, he said, “Our national security has been repeatedly compromised. Modi’s office, his Secretary, his NSA and the BJP President Amit Shah are actually operating the dirty tricks Department of this government which is using the resources and technology of the State to target its political opponents through tapping of phones, surveillance and toppling Congress governments.”
“That is what they are busy with, instead of ensuring India’s security and allowing Pakistan multiple opportunities to embarrass India,” he said.