- JI’s Baloch terms Sharif’s visit to India ‘joy ride’, says meeting was counter-productive
- Former ambassador Halali says ‘Sharif’s goodness was replied to with a slap’
While several analysts have lauded the visit of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to India on the invitation of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, terming it a good omen for the future of both the nations, many have lambasted the premier’s move of accepting the invitation.
Speaking on the issue, Jamaat-e-Islami Secretary General Liaqat Baloch has said that Sharif’s dash to India had proved counter-productive and had created more problems for Pakistan.
Baloch held that the prime minister had undertaken the New Delhi visit in “great haste”, without taking the Parliament into confidence and without any agenda.
“So, it was simply a joy ride for Nawaz Sharif. However, the Indian premier availed the opportunity and handed over to him his own agenda. Thus, the visit was a sheer loss for the country and the nation,” he added.
Moreover, former ambassador Zafar Halali, while talking to a private television channel criticised Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to India, terming the visit “a bad judgment” on the part of the premier.
Hilali said that Sharif went to India with “all the goodness in his heart” and to give a message of peace but “received a slap in response”.
“It appears that Modi with his foreign minister had planned to insult Sharif and lured him into a trap. You should know that we will get nothing from India on the issue of Kashmir and water,” the former ambassador aggressively narrated his point of view on the state of affairs.
The former diplomat went on to say that the premier was “misled” on the issue just as former Indian prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had been back in time.