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Ask Narayanan to stop making 'flip flop comments': BJP to PM

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New Delhi, Oct 23 (UNI) The BJP today asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to restrain National Security Advisor M K Narayanan from issuing embarrassing statements about security forces and the police by proclaiming that India had'good' but not clinching evidence about ISI's involvement in the 11/7 Mumbai blasts.

BJP Spokesman Ravi Shankar Prasad said that by publicly proclaiming that India did not have 'clinching evidence' of ISI's involvement, the NSA had allowed an elbow room to Pakistan to deny a role in fomenting trouble in India. How fair is it for Mr Narayanan to publicly berate the efforts of Mumbai police which had done a good job in cracking the case. "Now Pakistan can insist on a joint investigation through the Joint anti-terrorism mechanism, floated by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf at Havana which itself was embarrassing because it said Pakistan, a perpetrator of terror was a 'victim' of terror," Mr Prasad said.

He said it is high time that the PM should ask NSA not to make national security a 'comic affair' with his flip flop statements particularly relating to Pakistan and its role in cross border terrorism.

Mr Prasad also recalled that Mr Narayanan had created 'confusion' last time when he had made claims about Indian atomic energy installations being under threat of terrorist attack. He had also claimed that Lashkar-e-Toiba and al Qaeda elements had infiltrated into Indian Army. "How far was it fair for Mr Narayanan to create doubts about the credentials of the armed forces and sow panic?" the BJP Spokesman asked.

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