New Delhi: Former External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid has slammed PM Modi's foreign Affairs policy stating diplomacy is far more a strenuous exercise than winning an election in India.
Speaking from past experience, Khurshid, who is also a veteran advocate said that it is quite a difficult task to handle a nation like Pakistan. He criticized Modi for being naïve.
“If you take handling of Pakistan, I think it is very clear that his (Modi's) impression was he would just say something and Pakistan would do it. That is not how diplomacy works. Pakistan is a difficult country. You should have taken far greater care, far greater sense of planning,” Khurshid told a news channel.
India cancelled foreign secretary level talks with Pakistan scheduled for August 19 objecting to Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit's meeting with Kashmiri separatist leaders ahead of India-Pakistan secretary level talks.
Salman Khushid said that he was taken aback by the government's move.
“Should they have not anticipated? Should they not have considered that this is the likely move that Pakistan will make? We can't be caught off guard and then pretend that we are brave,” he said.
Khurshid stressed that diplomacy was far more complicated than what Modi imagines. Diplomacy is a far more strenuous thing and just to think that I can win an election in India and can win everybody across the globe. It's not so easy,” he added