BJP has issued a stern warning to Pakistan: control terror or be prepared to be declared a ‘terrorist state’.
Note that the warning was issued by BJP National Secretary Siddharth Nath Singh in Allahabad and comes days after David Coleman Headley’s depositions in which he blamed Pakistan for a series of terrorist attacks in India, including the 26/11 Mumbai Terror Attacks.
This is not the first time that voices in India have called for Pakistan being declared a terrorist state. Such a demand was made immediately after the Mumbai terror attacks by the Indian Government.
India has been accusing Pakistan of sponsoring terror since the 1990s.
In fact, before being elected to power Narendra Modi too had accused Islamabad of doing nothing to check terror.
In September 2013, when former prime minister Manmohan Singh was scheduled to meet his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines at a UN summit, Modi had raised the issue of two Indian soldiers beheaded by the Pakistani Rangers in January that year.
And then came the Pathankot terror attack on an Indian Air Force base. What was unusual was the Indian Government’s restraint following the incident – there was no anti-Pakistan rhetoric and things remained almost business as usual for the two countries.
The more surprising bit is that even after Pakistan’s former president General Pervez Musharraf accepted that ISI trains terrorists on Pakistani soil, there has been a stoic silence from the Indian government.