Prime Minister Narendra Modi was heavily criticized by opposition party congress for ‘going soft’ on Pakistan in the joint statement with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, regarding Pulwama attack. The Congress launched a scathing attack on the ruling BJP in a series of questions in the wake of the Pulwama strike that killed more than 40 CRPF jawans.
“The Prime Minister appears to have forgotten to mention Pakistan in the statement,” said Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala on the joint statement that condemned the Pulwama terror attack but did not mention Pakistan or the Jaish-e-Mohammad which had taken responsibility for the February 14 Pulwama attack. The joint statement between PM Modi and the Saudi crown prince “condemns the Pulwama terror attack in the strongest terms” and says that “all countries must renounce the use of terrorism as an instrument of state policy”. The statement mentions neither Pakistan, nor the Jaish-e-Mohammad.
“Instead of being busy with a film shoot in Corbett national park, he should have been holding a cabinet meeting on security,” Surjewala said. “At 3.10 pm when the Pulwama attack took place and was all over the news, PM Modi was shooting for a film till 6.45 pm in Corbett national park. For 4 hours after the terror attack, PM Modi indulged himself in a film shoot, went on boat rides and had his tea and samosas,” Surjewala said.
“On February 16, 2019, when the soldiers’ bodies were lying at the airport, the PM reached an hour late to pay his homage. Upon his return from Jhansi, where he had gone for political campaigns, the PM first went to his home and then came to the airport to pay his respects. He made the soldiers wait,” Surjewala said.
Surjewala also criticised PM Modi for having gone to South Korea. “At such a sensitive time, if the PM is travelling abroad, it shows how wrong the priorities of the Modi government are,” he said. Questioning the PM on why the CRPF jawans were not airlifted to Srinagar as had been asked for, Surjewala asked why a video released by the Jaish-e-Mohammad warning of the attack was ignored. He also criticised tourism minister KJ Alphons for having taken a selfie with the coffin of one of the deceased soldiers.
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17 November, 2019