BJP against strike on terrorist camps in PoK
6 August 2001
The Times of India
New Delhi: Condemning the killings by terrorists in Doda, BJP on Monday strongly advocated a pro-active policy to deal with them in Jammu and Kashmir but did not favour action to wipe out terrorist training camps in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir as it would be tantamount to direct conflict with Pakistan. ''Government should adopt a pro-active policy in dealing with terrorism and opposition should also make their stand clear on this as merely taking measures after the incident does not help,'' party spokesman V K Malhotra told reporters here. On the suggestion by a party MP to attack terrorist camps in PoK, Malhotra said ''attack on militant camps in PoK would mean outright war between India and Pakistan and it is for the government to take a decision''. He took exception to Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama''s remark that there should be self-rule in Jammu and Kashmir, saying ''Tibet and Kashmir cannot be linked since Kashmir is a part and parcel of India as the ruler of Jammu and Kashmir had acceded to India at the time of independence.'' On the Jammu and Kashmir unit of BJP demanding resignation of state Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah, he said ''it may have done so in anger but nothing from the Centre.''