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Encouraged that Hafiz Saeed feels threatened by RAW, says Congress' Salman Khurshid

Congress leader Salman Khurshid has said he is encouraged that "most-wanted terrorist" Hafiz Saeed "feels threatened" by Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), India's external spy agency.

"If he feels awe, (a) threat from the government of India, Indian agencies...there can be nothing better than that," Khurshid said.

According to news reports, Pakistani authorities said a "foreign spy agency" planned to kill Saeed, and asked for more protection for the 26/11 attacks mastermind. One of them, published in a leading newspaper, said it was a "veiled reference" to RAW.


ON MODI GOVT'S HANDLING OF KASHMIR ISSUE

Salman Khurshid was critical of the Narendra Modi government's handling of the Kashmir crisis.

"There will be talks with Pakistan eventually, but the Modi government is bankrupt about solving the Kashmir problem. They joined PDP in J-K, it hasn't worked. They sent a former bureaucrat to JK, it hasnt worked," he said.

The Modi government "believed in optics" when "it came to issues of talks with Pakistan," he said.
Political outreach is the need of the hour, he added.

"It is difficult to say when there will be talks...but I don't know if any conflict has ended without talks."


ON FAROOQ ABDULLAH'S REMAKS ON P.O.K

On National Conference patron Farooq Abdullah's saying that PoK is a part of Pakistan, Khurshid said, "Anyone who says PoK knows it is Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, which obviously means if it is occupied, it belongs to India."

"It means Pakistan has occupied it," he said.

Khurshid defended Abdullah, saying the senior leader may be concerned about the future.


ON RAHUL GANDHI AND NARENDRA MODI

Khurshid said Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi was working hard, and that the BJP should accept that he had unconditional support. He said Narendra Modi didn't respect the prime minister's post, after Rahul himself said the BJP didn't respect the PM's post like the Congress did.

"BJP should be more respectful of other people who have been prime ministers of India," Rahul Gandhi said.


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