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Cong blames NDA flip-flop on Pakistan for Kashmir problem

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The today hit out at the NDA government over the "disturbing" situation in Jammu and because of the Centre's "flip-flop" and "non-existent" policy on Pakistan, saying the time had come to act against terrorism being sponsored from across the border.

also attacked the prime minister and the BJP-PDP alliance in the state, saying that while was "dithering", soldiers were dying because of the "opportunistic" government in Jammu and

"PDP says 'talks' with says 'will pay the price'. While our soldiers pay with their blood for BJP/PDP's opportunistic alliance and non-existent policy; Modi Ji dithers," Gandhi tweeted.

Taking potshots at the divergent stands taken by the BJP and the PDP, ruling partners in the troubled state, the asked the government to clear its stand on whether it intended to hold talks with

Congress said while Chief Minister of the PDP wanted talks with Islamabad, BJP's stressed that would respond to Pakistan at an appropriate time.

"We would like to ask the BJP at the national level because this has very profound national security implications where do they stand on the statement of the that we should be talking to Pakistan. It is a very disturbing situation which has evolved in J&K," he told reporters here.

Tewari said the Congress wanted to know if the government had a policy on Pakistan.

"What transpired between 2014 May and 2018 February - suffice to say that it has been a story of U-turns, flip-flops and somersaults," he said in an apparent reference to the bonhomie between Modi and Pakistan's when the BJP came to power in 2014.

Tewari said one day Pakistan's was invited to and on the other day, the Indian visited Pakistan -- "but in between major terrorist attacks took place from Pakistan".

"It has been a litany of errors which has characterised the entire approach of this government" vis-a-vis Pakistan, he said.

He wondered if the government was talking to Pakistan and if any back-channel talks were being held with

The Congress said the had come out with the formulation that terror and talks could not go together, but there could be "talking about terror".

"When will the time of talking about terror be over and when will you start acting on terror? This country does not want you to talk to Pakistan about terror; it wants you to act on the commitment that you had made to the people of that you will act on the question of terror," he said.

"They need to act on terror rather than talk about terror and that is the position of the Congress," he said.

Tewari said the situation with regard to Pakistan was extremely serious and sensitive and called for an end to "this ingenuous formulation that while terror and talks cannot go hand in hand, we can talk to Pakistan about terror".

Expressing concern over the situation, he said there have been 206 major terror attacks in the past 45 months and 160 major ceasefire violations in the 44 days of 2018. He added that 2,474 ceasefire violations had taken place along the border under NDA rule.

Tewari also asked whether the recommendations made by the after the 2016 Pathankot attack had been implemented.

On Nirmala Sitharaman's statement that "Pakistan will pay" for the attack by terrorists in Jammu, Tewari said it was repeated "ad nauseam whenever such an unfortunate incident takes place" and asked what had yielded out of talks with Pakistan in 44 months.

"Merely saying that Pakistan will be punished at an appropriate time does not serve any purpose because the reality is that terror is being sponsored from across the border. It is not lessening, it is in fact intensifying," he said.

The Congress leader, however, skirted a question on its suspended Mani Shankar Aiyar's statement made in Pakistan where he praised the neighbouring country.

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First Published: Tue, February 13 2018. 21:10 IST