Government wants friendly ties with Pakistan: BJP
Srinagar: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has said that the Central government wants friendly relations with Pakistan, but there was no reciprocation to the peace overtures from the other side.
"We want friendly relations with all the neighbouring countries including Pakistan. Over the last six months, we have tried our best to strengthen relations with them, but when there is no such response from the other side, the friendship cannot be strengthened, which is visible from the attack that happened on Thursday on the border. There are certain conditions and they have to cooperate," party general secretary Ram Madhav said yesterday.
Madhav said the Prime Minister Narendra Modi was willing to open direct road connectivity between the Punjabs on the two sides of India-Pakistan border.
"Modi has said 'why not make South Asia a developmental model'. He is willing to open direct road connectivity between India and Pakistan Punjabs for better economic avenues. He has even said that there should be direct trade between India -Pakistan rather than carrying goods via Dubai to Pakistan," he said.
The BJP leader said his party was open to a post-poll alliance in Jammu and Kashmir in case it fell short of getting an outright majority to form a government on its own.
"We are sure we will form the government on our own. In case we fall short of majority, we will take support from our friends to form the next government in the state," he said.
Madhav said the political parties of the state lack a proper policy for the development of the state.
"We want to build J&K jointly so that we can bring the peace and prosperity to the state. The political parties here have nothing new to offer and lack vision for development of the state," he said.