WHO LET MASOOD AZHAR OUT: RAHUL ASKS MODI, BJP

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WHO LET MASOOD AZHAR OUT: RAHUL ASKS MODI, BJP

New Delhi: Pointing fingers at the BJP for being the one who allowed Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar to return to Pakistan and carry out militant activities over the years, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday asserted his party will deal with terrorism sternly and strictly.

“Who sent him there (in Pakistan)? How he went there? Which government sent him? The BJP negotiates with militants and buckles under pressure. They bowed down before terror.

“It was not done by the Congress,” Rahul said amid Prime Minister Narendra Modi taking credit for Azhar being designated “terrorist” by world body UN, and terror strikes to wipe out militant launch pads across the border.

Addressing a mid-poll press conference here, the Congress leader said, “Masood Azhar is a “terrorist” and strict action should be taken against him.”

He also asserted that the Congress will never negotiate with terrorists.

“Terrorism has to be dealt with sternly,” he added.

He was responding to a question over Masood Azhar being declared a global “terrorist” by the United Nation Security Council.

Azhar was released from a prison in India in 1999, in exchange for 155 hostages held on an Indian Airlines flight that had been hijacked to Kandahar, Afghanistan.

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