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NSA Ajit Doval blamed BJP govt for Masood Azhar's release, claims Cong

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Training its guns on Narendra Modi's trusted security adviser, the on Tuesday cited Ajit Doval's published comments in a 2010 interview in which he justified the release of by asserting that the most-wanted terrorist didn't even know how to make a bomb or shoot straight.

also ridiculed Doval by saying that he had escorted Azhar -- who was in an and released in the IC 814 hijacking episode -- to in a "special aircraft" in 1999.

Congress' quoted Doval as saying in an interview to a think-tank that Azhar did know how to fabricate an IED and that he was not a marksman.

The said Doval also saluted the real "nationalistic policy" of the Congress-UPA to tackle terror. The came out with a categorical policy on hijacking, stating that there would be no concession and no talks in such cases, Surjewala added.

The Congress' two-pronged attack against the came a day after the BJP latched on to Gandhi's reference to the Jaish-e-Mohammad's as "ji". Congress dismissed the criticism, accusing the BJP of deliberately twisting Gandhi's sarcastic comments.

In an address at a rally in Gandhinagar, Gandhi said, "I want to ask who sent Pulwama terror attack perpetrator to from ".

"It was the BJP government that put Masood Azhar on a special aircraft, gave him money, and sent him to ji, your went to in the aircraft with Masood Azhar as an escort," Gandhi said.

"Tell the people that it was your government that had sent Masood Azhar to Who had caught Masood Azhar? The Congress party had done it, and put him in jail," the Congress chief added.

Azhar and two other terrorists, and Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, were released by the then Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led government in exchange for passengers held hostage on board IC-814 flight hijacked to Kandahar in

Then accompanied Azhar in a special aircraft and Doval, then a top IB official, was in Kandahar as part of India's negotiating team when the terrorists were handed over.

"Modi government's NSA, Ajit Doval, 'spills the beans' and indicts BJP government in release of terrorist, Masood Azhar. Doval said (in the interview), 'Releasing Masood Azhar was a political decision'," Surjewala said in a series of tweets.

"Will and admit to the anti-national act now," Surjewala said, using the hashtag 'BJP Loves Terrorists'.

He also attached a link of Doval's 2010 interview with the tweets.

"Modi government's NSA, Ajit Doval's 'clean chit certificate' to terrorist, Masood Azhar revealed," he said.

"1. Masood doesn't know how to fabricate an IED.

2. Masood is not a marksman.

3. After releasing Masood, tourism in J&K has gone up by 200%," Surjewala quoted Doval as saying in the interview.

Doval saluted the real "nationalistic policy of Congress-UPA to tackle terror, the Congress claimed.

"UPA-Cong came with a categorical policy on hijacking. No concession, no talks," he quoted Doval as saying.

Why did the BJP government not show the same guts, Surjewala asked.

After his release, Azhar formed the Pakistan-based terror group and since then has been involved in terrorist attacks on

The group was responsible for the attack on on December 13, 2001 in which nine security personnel and officials were killed.

On January 2, 2016, a heavily armed group of attacked the in which seven security personnel were killed.

JeM also carried out the attack on headquarters on September 18, 2016, killing 17 soldiers and injuring 30 others. And the latest is the

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First Published: Tue, March 12 2019. 19:39 IST