Congress Attacks Modi over India-Saudi Statement, Says He ‘Forgot’ to Write Pakistan’s Name

The Congress, which was critical of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s gesture of extending warm welcome to visiting Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin-Salman, bypassing protocol norms, heckled him today stating that Modi `forget’ to mention Pakistan name in the joint statement issued following his talks with the Prince.

Accusing the PM Modi of settling for self -pedaling on the Pulwama terror attack claimed by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed, recalled that the join statement did not refer to the role of either Pakistan or Jaish in the attack last week.

“Modiji on February 18 said ‘the time for talks with Pakistan is over, and now action will be taken’,” Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala tweeted this morning.

“Modiji on February 20 saying – India and Pakistan will talk as Modiji has been trying for since May 2014,” he added, referring to a paragraph in the document that talked about the Indian and the Saudi sides agreeing on the “need for creation of conditions necessary for resumption of comprehensive dialogue between India and Pakistan”.

Surjewala wrote: “The prime minister forgot to write the name of terror nourisher Pakistan in the joint statement. Wah Modi-ji“. According to the joint statement,  issued hours after the meeting between PM Modi and the Saudi Crown Prince, the visiting leader “appreciated consistent efforts made by Prime Minister Modi since May 2014 including Prime Minister’s personal initiatives to have friendly relations with Pakistan.”

He further added, “When the whole country was mourning the loss of lives of our jawans in Pulwama attack in the afternoon, PM Narendra Modi was busy shooting for a film in Jim Corbett park till evening. Is there any PM in the world like this? I have no words really.”

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