The Indian National Congress today hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘surprise’ visit to Pakistan on his way back from Kabul, Afghanistan. Earlier today, PM Modi inaugurated the Parliament building constructed by India. On his way back he decided to make a surprise stopover in Lahore to wish Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on his birthday.
Mentioning that no Indian Prime Minister has landed in another country in such a manner, the Congress criticised PM Modi’s sudden visit to Pakistan and alleged that the meeting was pre-planned. Congress also asked why the government didn’t consult the opposition before this unprecedented engagement.
“We have definitive information it was pre-arranged, pre-discussed,’’ Anand Sharma said during a press conference in New Delhi.
“How can this government say this was a spontaneous move; PM is carrying the flag of the country therefore there needs to be seriousness. It was not thought through,” the Congress said.
“Diplomacy should be conducted in a serious way. The Congress party has always stood for meaningful dialogue with Pakistan. There must be space for some predictability in the acts of the government.”
The Congress party further questioned this ‘strategic masterstroke’ and asked that what assurances was the Prime Minister bringing back; what are the assurances particularly in regard to the trial and punishment of the perpetrators of the Mumbai terror attacks.
“What was discussed in Paris and Bangkok was never discussed,” said the Congress.
Congress alleged that PM Modi was there to promote private business interests and not the country's interest.