Have a rethink on Pak policy: BJP tells PM

New Delhi: BJP on Wednesday asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to have a rethink on the government`s policy of continuing dialogue with Pakistan despite the country sponsoring terrorism as borne out by the fact that Osama bin Laden was hiding near a military academy in Abbotabad.

After a meeting of the party`s Core Group, the BJP cautioning Singh against holding talks with Pakistan while it continued to support terrorism on its soil.

The Core Group discussed the bin Laden`s killing and suggestions that he could not have been living there without the possible connivance of ISI and other authorities.

"Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the UPA government need to introspect upon their policy towards Pakistan. Talks and terror cannot co-exist. Pakistan is a sponsor and user of terror and not its victim. Pakistan has not been honest in its commitment that its territory will not be used for terror," senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley told reporters.

While the world has realised this, the Indian government should also see reason in it, he said.

BJP reiterated its stand that the basis of talks with Pakistan should be the January 2004 agreement between the then Prime Minister A B Vajpayee and President Pervez Musharraf that Pakistan will not allow its soil to be used for supporting terrorism against India.

The main opposition hailed the elimination of bin Laden as a "high point of the global war on terror".

"The fact that Osama was housed in a mansion close to a Pakistani Military academy establishes that Pakistan is the epicenter of global terrorism which was harbouring the most wanted global terrorist," Jaitley said.

BJP maintained that after this event Pakistan could not claim that it is a victim of terror.

"India`s legitimate concern that those who have perpetrated terror in India are also housed comfortably in Pakistan is no longer in doubt. Pakistan can no longer claim that it is a victim of terror. Those who use terrorism as an instrument of state policy will always suffer due to their duplicity," the party said in its statement.