New Delhi: Speaking to the media post the recently concluded BRICS Summit, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Spokesperson Vikas Swarup on Thursday said, “Goa declaration contains the strongest ever language against terrorism amongst all past BRICS Summits.”
 
Earlier, the Congress party following the BRICS Summit in Goa had attacked the government and said, “Despite all the rhetoric and the lazor sharp discourse on terror, an isolating Pakistan, what you have is just one sundry remark … one little generic remark in the almost 20 paragraph Goa declaration, and what does it say; we strongly condemn the recent several attacks in the BRICS countries including that in India.”
 
Congress party national spokesperson Manish Tewari also asked, “Why Pakistan-based terror outfits not mentioned? Why there is no reference to Pakistan in the entire Goa declaration.”
 
Indirectly replying to the issues raised by the Congress party, here is what Vikas Swarup said:
 
Speaking on Islamabad imposing complete ban on Indian TV in Pakistan, Vikas Swarup said, “This is unfortunate and I think it shows a lack of self-confidence.”
 
“There’s no blanket ban on Pakistani artistes in view of prevailing atmosphere,” Swarup said on Ban Pak artistes controversy.
 
Our intention is not to throw out the baby with bath water, our intention is just to clean up the bath water,” Vikas Swarup said on ‘SAARC minus Pakistan’.
 
Highlight of Vikas Swarup’s press conference:
 
  • Proceedings of the parliamentary standing committee are confidential, it won’t be appropriate for me to comment on them.
  • The word ‘terror’ and ‘terrorism’ feature some 37 times in the declaration.
  • We’re all aware which country is epicentre of terrorism; at the same time we do have an ongoing dialogue and conversation with China on terrorism.
  • Our interest in SAARC remains intact but our concern is that connectivity, trade-cooperation and terror-free atmosphere aren’t there. 
First Published | 20 October 2016 8:08 PM
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