Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday described Pakistan as “a small piece of land” that should not be given too much importance by India.
At a press conference in Shimla, the Gandhi scion said:” We are giving too much importance to Pakistan. It is just a small piece of land. India can't be compared with Pakistan. Pakistan's internal issues do affect us, but we are giving too much time and importance to Pakistan in our minds. In my opinion, it deserves not even half the importance we are giving it.”
Rahul Gandhi said: “If you see, the attitude of the world has changed towards Pakistan. It's not a day's job. It's a long process. India has created pressure and the entire world is putting pressure on Pakistan. Certain issues related to Pakistan have to be managed, which is already being done. We are in a comfortable position. There is no comparison between India and Pakistan”.
Rahul further said: “I belong to the family which has never stepped back, which has never gone back on its words. You know that when any member of my family decides to do anything, he does it. Be it the freedom struggle, the division of Pakistan or taking India to the 21st century”.
On the recent controversy in BJP over the founder of Pakistan Mohammed Ali Jinnah, Rahul said: “They (BJP) are just talking about Jinnah, who is history now. I can't think about Jinnah even for five seconds.. not for one second. The BJP's India Shining slogan was outrightly rejected during the 2004 general elections. Indian was shining only in urban areas and that too within the elite class”.
Rahul Gandhi praised the manner in which he UPA government exerted diplomatic pressure on Pakistan on the global stage after the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. Rahul Gandhi seemed to suggest that while Pakistan might seek parity with India, be it on the nuclear deal with US or any other major issue, India need to shed its obsession with Pakistan and move forward on the global stage.