New Delhi, Aug 21: The Congress on Tuesday took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and asked him to make the letter public to clear the air about multiple narratives about ‘resumption of dialogue’ with Pakistan. Addressing the media, Congress spokesperson, Manish Tewari said, “I think, it would be appropriate that the letter be put in the public space so that the whole thing can be clarified.” Also Read - India's COVID-19 Tally Nears 6 Million; 10 States, UTs Account For 75% of New Cases | Key Points
It is to be noted that the row started after reports claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote to Pakistan’s newly appointed PM Imran Khan indicating the beginning of talks between the two countries. Pakistan Foreign Minister SM Qureshi had asserted that both the countries need to engage and said India and Pakistan have to move forward keeping realities before them. However, India had denied Pakistan Foreign Minister SM Qureshi’s claims. (ALSO READ: Amid Row Over ‘Hugplomacy’, Imran Khan Thanks Navjot Sidhu For Attending His Oath-Taking Ceremony, Calls Him ‘Ambassador of Peace’) Also Read - Former Union Minister Jaswant Singh Passes Away; PM Modi, Rajnath Express Grief
Later, Pakistan also issued a clarification saying that his minister never said Indian PM offered a dialogue. “Foreign Minister hadn’t stated Indian PM had made an offer of dialogue but had said that Indian PM in his letter to PM Imran Khan, had also mentioned something similar to what Foreign Minister elucidated earlier i.e. the way forward was only through constructive engagement,” read Pakistan statement. Also Read - Bihar Assembly Elections 2020: NDA is One, Will Contest Polls Together, Says Ravi Shankar Prasad
The Opposition party also said that the PM’s letter to his newly elected counterpart Imran Khan was to “obfuscate this government’s lack of policy.” The party said India and Pakistan relations are extremely complicated. “Navjot Singh Sidhu is not the issue,” it emphasized.
Sidhu has been slammed by the opposition and earned displeasure even from his Chief Minister Amarinder Singh for hugging Gen Bajwa. The Punjab minister attended the swearing-in ceremony of his friend and former Cricketer, Imran Khan, as the Prime Minister of Pakistan in Islamabad on August 18.
“There seems to be a suggestion of resumption of a dialogue despite all the red lines,” he said. “These lines mean that there will be no talks till terror from Pakistan stops, till the trial of the 26/11 perpetrators is not resumed, till Lakhvi is not put back in the prison, till Hafiz Saeed, who heads the Jamat-ud-Dawa, is not incarcerated,” Tewari said.
(With agency inputs)