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"BJP politicises India-Pakistan relations’’

Saturday 18 June 2005

Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: The Congress on Friday alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party was trying to politicise India-Pakistan relations by publicising the letter written by the former Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, to the Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, criticising its handling.

Rejecting the BJP’s criticism of the Government’s handling of the peace process, the party said the Opposition was trying to score political points on an extremely sensitive issue. The party spokesperson, Anand Sharma, said that while Mr. Vajpayee was well within his rights to express his views and convey his apprehensions, making the letter public was giving it a political colour.

He said Mr. Vajpayee was wrong in seeking to blame the Government for violation by Pakistan of the understanding over the travel of Hurriyat leaders beyond Pak-occupied Kashmir.

The BJP, he said, was indulging in this exercise in order to divert the attention of the people from the inner party crisis facing it in the wake of its president, L.K. Advani’s visit to Pakistan. He said the Congress also rejected the demand of the Hurriyat Conference for its involvement in the ongoing peace process between India and Pakistan.

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