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BJP takes exception to Jamali’s remarks
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 3
Bharatiya Janata Party President M. Venkaiah Naidu today took exception to Pakistan Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali’s statement in Washington that the BJP was blocking normalisation of ties between the two countries, terming the allegation as “ludicrous”.

“It is extraordinary for the Pakistan Prime Minister to comment on a specific political party in India. It clearly amounts to interference in the country’s internal political affairs,” the BJP President said in a statement here.

Mr Jamali on Wednesday accused the BJP of blocking normalisation of ties with Pakistan for “achieving better results in the next Lok Sabha elections.”

Describing the allegation as “completely baseless and false,” Mr Naidu said if the process of normalisation of Indo-Pakistan relations had been stalled, the blame lay fully and squarely on Pakistan.

“The whole world knows that the reason for it lies in Pakistan’s refusal to dismantle its infrastructure of cross-border terrorism, “ he pointed out.

The BJP President said Pakistan could not befool the United Nations and the international community that it was interested in normalising relations with India while continuing to “sponsor campaigns of terrorist killings.”

Mr Naidu took exception to Mr Jamali’s charge that the BJP had made a good show in last year’s Assembly elections in Gujarat in the wake of “massacre of innocent Muslims”, saying the statement “is clearly aimed at inciting communal sentiments in India.”


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