New Delhi: Union Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday accused Pakistan of sponsoring terror in Jammu and Kashmir and said the military was fully capable of thwarting any terror attack. Addressing the inter-state council (central) in Lucknow, he said that there was no doubt that Pakistan was behind all forms of terror in Jammu and Kashmir. Also Read - Shatabdi Roy Meets Mamata's Nephew Abhishek Banerjee, Says She Is Not Leaving TMC
It is to be noted here that India had called off the talks with Pakistan over the killing of three soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian. Many recent developments led to the volte-face. India was upset over the abduction and killing of Indian soldiers. Another reason was the release of a special postal stamp commemorating Burhan Wani in Pakistan. Also Read - Subhra Kundu, Wife of Rose Valley Group Chief Gautam Kundu, Arrested By CBI
Reacting on the issue, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan had said that his ‘government’s offer of friendship’ should not be considered as Pakistan’s weakness. Also Read - Karnataka: Is BJP Planning to End Taluk Panchayat? Congress Questions State's Intention
Targeting the opposition parties on the Rafale deal, the BJP leader said they were raising non-issues as they were bereft of any worthwhile cause.
Congress stepped up its offensive against the Modi government over the Rs 58,000-crore fighter jet deal after former French President said that the French side had no role in deciding the Offset partner for Dassault and the name of Reliance was given by the Indian side. (ALSO READ: Rafale Row: Congress Running a Smear Campaign Against BJP, Will Fight The Perception Battle, Says Sitharaman)
It may be worth mentioning here that PM Modi had announced the procurement of 36 Rafale fighters after holding talks with Hollande on April 10, 2015, in Paris.
The Congress has alleged that the fresh deal for Rafale fighter jets was inked by the Narendra Modi dispensation at a cost much higher than what was negotiated by the previous government led by it. The Congress has launched an offensive against the BJP government over the Rafale deal, alleging corruption and violation of rules by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and demanded answers from him.
(With agency inputs)