Congress slams PM for not naming Pakistan in joint statement


New Delhi: The Congress on Thursday criticized Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding the joint statement as it did not name Pakistan in the context of terrorism.

The grand old party said the joint statement issued after the meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman failed to mention the name of ‘terror nourisher’ Pakistan in the document.

The statement said the two leaders condemned the Pulwama terror attack in the strongest possible terms and called on all countries to renounce the use of terrorism.

But, it refrained from naming Pakistan which is responsible for the dastardly attack that killed over forty CRPF troopers, the Congress party said.

Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala tweeted the Prime Minister on February 18 said ‘the time for talks with Pakistan is over, and now action will be taken’.

But, the Prime Minister ‘forgot’ to write the name of ‘terror nourisher’ Pakistan in the joint statement,  Surjewala said.

The joint statement said: “The Crown Prince appreciated consistent efforts made by Prime Minister Modi since May 2014 to have friendly relations with Pakistan.”


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