Yashwant Sinha wants govt to suspend dialogue with Pak
Sinha said that Pakistan couldn't be trusted even on agreements it signs with India and should be treated as an 'enemy'.
New Delhi: In the wake of the brutal killing of two Indian soldiers on the Line of Control (LoC), BJP leader Yashwant Sinha on Friday advocated suspension of dialogue with Pakistan even as he admitted that the previous NDA government had also committed the mistake by engaging the neighbour in talks.
Sinha, who was External Affairs Minister in the NDA government, said that Pakistan could not be trusted even on agreements it signs with India and should be treated as an "enemy" for breaching accords.
"We should tell Pakistan that we will not talk till you implement the agreements signed so far, but, at the same time, we will not severe the diplomatic ties," Sinha told reporters here.
"Every government thinks that it can talk sweetly with Pakistan but forgets that it is being controlled by its military, which wants to maintain its enmity with us," he said, adding, "May be we also committed the same mistake". "We should tell them that if you don't implement this (agreement), then we will understand that you are an enemy and India should deal with its enemies accordingly," he said, preferring a "tit for tat" response.
He also alleged that Pakistan has not fulfilled the terms of any peace agreement with India so far. "During discussions with Pakistan, we should always keep one basic principle in mind that it has never implemented the agreements. It accepts the agreements but never implements them. Even today if any agreement takes place with Pakistan, you can assume that it will not be followed," Sinha said.
He referred to the January 2004 agreement with Pakistan when then Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee had visited Islamabad.