Even as foreign secretary-level talks between India and Pakistan began on Thursday, BJP patriarch LK Advani warned the Centre against any “compromise” on Kashmir, saying such a thing would lead to an unprecedented popular upsurge in the nation. He was speaking against “UPA corruption” and black money in New Delhi on the occasion of Bharatiya Jana Sangh founder Shyama Prasad Mukherjee’s death anniversary. “I warn the Centre… under foreign pressure if this government tries to compromise on Kashmir… if there is ever a talk of returning to the pre-1953 status in Kashmir, there will be an unprecedented movement in this country,” Advani said.
Meanwhile, speaking on India’s foreign policy in Washington, senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley said that while there was no alternative to India-Pakistan engagement, the latter itself would depend upon how Pakistan evolves and whether it can rid the tag of being the epicentre of terrorism. Jaitley said, “the level of that engagement will depend upon the events that take place within Pakistan.”