PMO rubbishes Modiís charge on Sir Creek

The Prime Minister's Office on Wednesday rejected Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's claims made in a letter to the Prime Minister on Sir Creek and pointed out that negotiations with Pakistan were merely the continuation of dialogue process that was started after former prime minister A B Vajpayee visited Lahore in 1998.

"These discussions have been carried out by successive governments of India since the dialogue process began in 1998, and continued after Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee's visit to Lahore. The allegation in the letter that Sir Creek is about to be given to Pakistan is untrue. Therefore, the other conclusions drawn by Modi from this alleged fact are also not real," the PMO said in a statement. It said Modi's "unsubstantiated allegations" were a "mischievous" attempt on the eve of elections in Gujarat.

Modi, however, hit back suggesting that the Prime Minister has evaded a direct response to his apprehensions and requested him to avoid taking a decision on this issue in a hurry while he was busy in Assembly elections.

"PM has failed to answer my questions on Sir Creek. He should assure the nation that he has taken no decision to give Sir Creek to Pakistan," Modi tweeted dismissing PMO's statement.

"I request PM not to make any decision on giving away of Sir Creek on 15th Dec. On Sardar Patel's Punya Teethi, he should not commit this sin," Modi tweeted.

Earlier in the day, Modi wrote to the Prime Minister: "Handing over Sir Creek to Pakistan will totally open up Gujarat border with Pakistan. I was given to understand that recently Pakistan carried out a joint operation of their army, air force, and navy code named Sea-Spark-12, almost one month very near to Sir Creek. This is a disturbing development for security and safety of Gujarat."

The PMO questioned Modi's "motives", saying that the letter was released to the media even before it reached the Prime Minister.

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