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Advani concerned over India-Pak deal on Saichen

By Staff
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Bhilwara, May 2 (UNI) Senior BJP leader L K Advani has expressed concern over India's Saichen agreement with Pakistan, saying it poses a major threat to the country's security and sovereignty.

While speaking to reporters on the second day of his 'Bharat Suraksha Yatra' here today, he said the agreement was signed under pressure from major world powers and the Centre should think seriously about the matter.

He said during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's proposed visit to Pakistan, he may announce the withdrawal of Indian troops from Soltoro ridge in Siachen.

Everybody wants peace on Siachen but India's security and sovereignty should not be compromised, he added.

He said the UPA government did not believe in discussions with the opposition and this issue was not even discussed with the Defence chiefs. He said the agreement will only be beneficial to Pakistan.

On reservation for the OBCs, Mr Advani said the UPA goverment should first clear its stand, only then will his party make its position clear.

On the recent Assembly elections outcome in five states, Mr Advani said the BJP will improve its tally in these states.

He said the BJP is still in favour of Ram Mandir, but this issue needs the focus of both communities which will help solve it.

Mr Advani is likely to visit Dargah Sharif at Ajmer.

UNI XC RRT RR KN1414

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