Modi Government’s Pakistan Policy in Shambles: Manmohan Singh

Manmohan Singh said there was a delibarate attempt by the government to rake up non issues as of great importance.

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Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (left) with Prime Minister Narendra Modi (right), when he was the chief minister of Gujarat in Ahmedabad on 29 October  2013. (Photo: Reuters)

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday said the Narendra Modi government’s Pakistan policy is “in shambles” and accused it of “failing miserably to honour its solemn promise to the people of the country.”

Continuing to hit out at Modi, Singh said his foreign trips have been projected as great achievements “though everybody knows that these have yielded nothing yet.” Raking up Modi’s promise before the Lok Sabha polls to bring back black money kept by Indians in foreign banks, Singh said ironically the government “failed miserably to honour its solemn promise to the people of India.” There is now a deliberate attempt to befool the people by bringing “non-issues as issues of great importance,” he asserted.

The (Modi) government’s policy towards Pakistan is in shambles. Terrorists from Pakistan continue to operate freely not only in Jammu and Kashmir but also in Punjab and other neighbouring states. The recent attack on Pathankot airbase is the most recent evidence of our vulnerability.
Manmohan Singh, former PM

Referring to the country’s economic scenario under the BJP government at the Centre, Singh said industrial production has been stagnant and as a result there is no sign of growth of employment, while exports have continued to decline month after month in the last 15 months.

Urging people of Assam to give a “strong mandate” to Congress, he said this would take the development of the state to a new high. “Whenever the reins of the state was given to a non-Congress party, the state suffered enormously,” he added.

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