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India’s opposition questions Modi’s silence on his talks with Pakistan PM

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Updated: 13:31 GMT, Dec 27, 2015 | Published: 11:11 GMT, Dec 27, 2015 |
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India’s opposition Congress party on Sunday (December 27) questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s silence on his latest talks with Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif in his monthly radio programme ‘Maan Ki Baat’ or ‘Speaking from the Heart’.

Modi’s surprise trip to meet Pakistani premier Nawaz Sharif in Lahore on Friday (December 25) raised hopes that stop-and-start negotiations between the nuclear-armed neighbours might finally mean progress after more than 65 years of hostility.

But the Congress party criticized the Modi government for conducting diplomacy through corporate.

“The country doesn’t know what transpired between him and Nawaz Sharif and it is very dangerous to outsource diplomacy to corporate. If corporate or oligarchic become the people, who are midwiving relationship between two countries, it is extremely dangerous precedent,” said Manish Tewari, Congress leader, in New Delhi.