Making their belligerent approach a proud canvassing point ahead of the elections, the chief of radical Hindu outfit Shiv Sena has said his party went into alliance with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to elect a prime minister who could attack Pakistan.
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said, “We wanted a prime minister who could attack Pakistan. That is why we formed this alliance. The welfare of Marathwada and Maharashtra was also the reason,” according to NDTV.
Shiv Sena, which frequently criticized its alliance partner BJP, chose to continue the alliance with the BJP ahead of the national elections.
On NCP chief Sharad Pawar criticising him for forming alliance with the BJP, Uddhav Thackeray pointed out that he left the Congress twice, and formed alliance with the (then) Sonia Gandhi-led party even though he criticized the leadership earlier.
He added that his party wants that every law applicable to rest of India should also apply in Jammu and Kashmir.
While on the other hand, Pakistan Minister for Foreign Affairs Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Thursday said Pakistan was ready to hold talks with the new elected government in India for regional peace, the APP reported.
According to national wire service, Qureshi said Pakistan was always ready to play a constructive role for regional peace and it had already taken many steps in that regard.
Talking to media, he said Pakistan initiated the opening of Kartarpur corridor and also released the Indian pilot without imposing any condition.
To a question regarding changes in the cabinet, Qureshi said it was the prerogative of Prime Minister Imran Khan to choose his team.
He hailed Asad Umar, who, he added, took over the charge of the Finance Ministry at a time when the economy was in a challenging condition. Asad Umar was among the important leaders of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and would remain to be so in future too.