War is not the only option to resolve dispute with Pakistan: Mayawati

NEW DELHI, Jan 15:
BSP chief Mayawati, whose party is extending outside support to the ruling UPA at the Centre, today said her party was opposed to going to war with Pakistan
as the only way to resolve any dispute.
Attacking the UPA Government for its foreign policy “failures” regarding its neighbouring countries, and increasing violations of ceasefire by Pakistan, she, however, said there was still room for peaceful resolution of dispute.
When asked whether she was in favour of suspending sports and cultural ties with Pakistan in the wake of the killing of two Indian soldiers and brutalising of their bodies by their Army during a ceasefire violation on January 8, Ms Mayawati said there was no need of any haste in doing that unless “we reach any decision.”
War was not the only way to resolve border dispute, she said answering a question at a press conference here.
The former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister said the Government’s wrong policies were responsible for the present tension on the border.
Today the country’s borders were not safe as there was continued infiltration of terrorists and frequent violation of ceasefire, which had resulted in the death of two soldiers last week, she said.
Tensions between the two countries had escalated following the January 8 incident with New Delhi warning Pakistan of serious consequences of such incident, and there were calls from various quarters, including the Opposition BJP, for retaliation by India.


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