BJP criticises Malik’s Babri remark, says issue is terror from Pakistan

Arun jaitley

Jaitley said ordinarily, his party doesn't comment on a visit of a foreign dignitary when the visit is on

Questioning Pakistan's sincerity in tackling "core issue" of cross-border terrorism, BJP on Saturday charged it with talking peace with a "destructive" mindset and criticised Interior Minister Rehman Malik for his "provocative" statement equating Babri demolition with 26/11 terror attacks.

Speaking in Ahmedabad, senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley said it was "strange and unfortunate" to see Malik speaking on cross border terrorism emanating from Pakistan and in terms of domestic developments in India "in the same breath" and the comments have come from a representative of a nation "which has a dismal track record in relation to its own religious and ethnic minority and their rights".

"Pakistan talks about peace with a destructive mindset. The core issue is Pakistan-sponsored terror and all issues like relaxation of visa regime are irrelevant," BJP vice president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said in Delhi, adding there were a number of "factories of terrorists" flourishing in Pakistan and unless these are demolished the peace process between the two nations cannot move forward.

Jaitley said ordinarily, his party doesn't comment on a visit of a foreign dignitary when the visit is on.

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