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Khurshid should cancel China visit: Rajnath Singh

Khurshid should cancel China visit: Rajnath Singh
BJP President Rajnath Singh on Sunday demanded cancellation of External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid’s 9 May visit to China till it withdraws its army personnel from Depsang Valley in Ladakh where they intruded a fortnight back. Raising the weak foreign policy of the government, BJP said that the government is in a coma, with regards to the attack on Sarabjit in a Pakistan jail, the 19 km deep incursion in Ladakh by China or the beheading of Indian jawans.

‘Despite all this, our Foreign Minister is going to China on a visit. I am sorry but I would humbly request the Prime Minister to stop the Foreign Minister. Till the time China leaves Ladakh and goes back, there should not be any visit to Beijing,’ said the BJP president.

Singh also demanded that the area should be handed over to the Army instead of ITBP, which is currently posted there.

The BJP chief said the way China was surrounding India from all corners was not a recent event and that he had attracted the government’s attention to this five years ago. ‘I was the first politician to raise the issue of China building a dam on Brahmaputra five-six years ago and trying to divert its water. I raised this issue in Parliament. The PM said it is a serious matter and I would speak to you personally. I suggested composition of a joint committee to probe the matter but it wasn’t done,’ said Singh.

Talking about the attack on Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh in a Lahore jail, the BJP prez said that this has not been a lone incident and had India been strong in protesting against earliersimilar incidents in Pakistan, no one could have dared to attack him.

‘Sarabjit was attacked in a Pakistani jail and it is condemnable. It is the responsibility of the country concerned to provide security to its prisoners but the way Sarabjit was attacked is unfortunate,’ said Singh.

Maintaining that such instances jolt the country’s conscience, Singh said, ‘If we had been strong in protesting against earlier incidents, I can say with confidence that no one would have dared to attack an Indian prisoner lodged in a Pakistani jail because Pakistan government would have been scared and wary that if any harm comes on an Indian, India would take revenge.’ 
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