The CPI(M) today urged the Center to continue with the “diplomatic and political” moves to defuse tension and eliminate cross-border terrorism emanating from Pakistan and hoped that there would not be any further escalation of conflict between the two countries in the near future.
The party’s general secretary, Sitaram Yechury, also urged the Center to ensure the safety and security of the people from cross-border terrorism.
“We have been following the operation of the Indian Army. We hope that now, incidents like the one at Pathankot and the recent one at Uri will not recur. We feel that the government should ensure the safety and security of our people from cross-border terrorism emanating from Pakistan,” he told reporters here.
“We hope that there is no further escalation of conflict henceforth. We urge upon the Government of India, from its position of strength, to continue with the diplomatic and political moves to defuse tension and eliminate the scorch of cross-border terrorism emanating from Pakistan,” Yechury said.
India, on the intervening night of September 28 and 29, carried out surgical strikes on seven terror launchpads across the LoC with the Army inflicting “significant casualties” on terrorists preparing to infiltrate from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). It happened days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s warning that the Uri terror attack would not go unpunished.
Asked why the CPI(M) was in favour of talks with Pakistan even though such efforts had failed in the past, Yechury said, “There are certain media groups who want to execute us (CPI-M) on charges of sedition. What is in the country’s interest? Indo-Pak dialogue is this government’s declared agenda.”
He claimed that the “pro-US tilt” in the country’s foreign policy had made it a target of the anti-US terror groups.
“Please remember that when former prime minister Manmohan Singh had met the then US president George Bush, he had introduced him to his wife saying that here was a prime minister of a country with a huge Muslim population but not a single Muslim from that country was a member of the Taliban. We all felt really proud. Today, can you say that? There are reports that al-Qaeda, IS are recruiting from India.
“The more you cosy up with the US, the more you become vulnerable to the anti-US terror groups,” the CPI-M general secretary said.
On the recent Rafale deal, Yechury said, “Most of our defence deals are indefensible. We want a thorough probe into these deals so that they can be more transparent.”
Referring to the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) asking Pakistani artistes to leave the country after the Uri attack, he said sports, arts and culture should not be mixed with politics.