The Congress has come out hard against Pakistan following Monday’s terrorist attack in Punjab’s border district of Gurdaspur, which claimed the lives of several civilians and police personnel. While the party backed the NDA government on the matter, it has also spoken of there being an “intelligence failure” and of doublespeak in relations with the neighbouring country.

Former External Affairs Minister and Congress leader Salman Khurshid on Wednesday lashed out at Pakistan following the recent terror arrack in Gurdaspur and asked the government to come up with a solution to ensure such incidents do not recur.

“We have been providing the evidences to them (Pakistan), but we have not witnessed any proceedings on their part which is sad,” Khurshid said. “I don’t want to blame the government because whatever the government will do it should be in favour of the nation...we (Congress) will stand with them. But it’s also our duty to ask them the difference between what they say and do. They say that we will not hold talks if there will be any terror attacks, but even after that they hold talks and there is no proof of a strong rebuttal from their end,” he added.

‘Evil intentions’

Senior party leader PC Chacko said the attack highlighted Pakistan’s evil intentions.

“The Gurdaspur terror incident has once again very clearly brought out the evil intentions of Pakistan. The tragedy of this whole thing is that there is a very serious intelligence failure,” Chacko said.

“The nation is one in facing the challenge of Pakistan. At the same time it cannot be ignored that it is a very serious lapse of the intelligence,” he added.

The Ministry of Home Affairs had earlier said the terrorists involved in the Gurdaspur terror attack, which claimed the lives of several civilians and police personnel, are linked to terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba.