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Congress' Romance with Pakistan - Mere Political opposition or an anti-national stand?

Congress' Romance with Pakistan - Mere Political opposition or an anti-national stand?

3 days ago the International Court of Justice (ICJ) delivered its verdict on India’s plea on the Kulbhushan Jadhav case. Not only was Pakistan humiliated in front of the world and lost its face, it also highlighted the efforts made by the Government of India for its one citizen. While Pakistan government came under severe criticism from its opposition parties and media, India won accolades for its perseverance and determination to save its national.

The ICJ verdict has not just created trouble for the Nawaz Sharif government but it has also opened a can of worms in India. In a major revelation, it has come to light that the UPA government had used the services of, Khawar Qureshi, the same lawyer who represented Pakistan on the Kulbhushan case at the ICJ, in the Enron case in 2004. Enron had demanded a compensation of 6 billion USD in the case filed at the International Court of Arbitration against the Indian government after the Dabhol power project in Maharashtra had to be wound up. As soon as UPA came to power, the law firm representing India was replaced. More shocking is the fact that it was an Indian lawyer, Harish Salve, who was replaced by Khawar Qureshi. It was Harish Salve, who represented India at the ICJ in the Kulbhushan case. Though Congress has made all attempts to project it as a mere professional decision taken by the Fox and Mandal Law firm which employed Khawar Qureshi, a lot needs to be answered. Was the UPA government so complacent that it did not even bother to check and verify the credentials of the lawyer who was going to represent India in an international forum? Was this a mere oversight?

Congress and its leaders have displayed this affection for Pakistan on more than one occasions. In November 2015, during a panel discussion on resumption of talks with India on Pakistani news channel Duniya TV, Mani Shankar Iyer asked help to remove Modi government to resume talks between the two nations. He stated “Bring us back to power and remove them. There is no other way. We will remove them, but till then you have to wait.”

The former Foreign Minister in the UPA government, Salman Khurshid had tread along the same lines. During an invitation lecture at the Jinnah institute in Islamabad, Salman Khurshid praised Nawaz Sharif while hitting out at the Indian government. He went on to say that "If you look back at the first face-to-face between our PMs, your PM took a brave, farsighted decision. What we said and did made things uncomfortable for Pakistan after the visit." This was his comment on Nawaz Sharif attending Modi’s swearing-in ceremony.

Last year when Prime Minister Modi brought up and offered India’s support to Balochistan freedom movement, we again saw senior Congress leaders, Kapil Sibal, Salman Khurshid and Randeep Surjewala criticizing Modi government for its stand. We also saw Congress MP and actress Divya Spandana (also known as Ramya) stating that “Pakistan is not hell, people there are like us”. This was her jibe at the then Defense Minister, Manohar Parrikar’s statement, that going to Pakistan was as good as going to hell. Senior leaders like Digvijay Singh have often given statements against Indian government’s strong crackdown against separatists and their supporters in Kashmir. We also saw Congress VP Rahul Gandhi standing with the JNU Azaadi league who raised slogans of breaking up the Indian Union.

Congress’ and its leaders romanticizing with Pakistan raises serious concerns and doubts on the intention of the Congress party leaders. It forces us to wonder that have they gone so blind in their disagreement with Modi government’s policies that they have forgotten the difference between being a political opponent and being an anti-national. Is this just an extension of their act as an opposition or is there more to it? It’s time the Congress party clarifies whether they also stand with Pakistan on its anti-India agenda. As stated by former Atal Bihari Vajpayee in parliament, political parties will come and go. Governments will come and go. But what's important is the Country lives. Perhaps Congress can spend a few minutes listening to Vajpayee's speech and ponder over it. This 1 minute clip from his speech in Lok Sabha has never been more relevant ever before than today.

Posted On : 20-May-2017

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