BJP leader Bhuvan Chandra Khanduri today termed as a "cold blooded murder" the death of Sarabjit Singh following a brutal assault on him in Pakistani jail and said the issue was a diplomatic failure for the Centre.
"Sarabjit's family members had acquainted the Centre time and again about a threat to his life in jail, still it did not act in time which eventually led to his death," Khanduri said in a statement here.
Asserting that timely follow up action by the UPA could have prevented Sarabjit's tragic end, the former Uttarakhand chief minister accused the Centre of failing to build pressure on Pakistani authorities through diplomatic channels to step up security around the death row prisoner.
"Indian government is as much responsible for Sarabjit's killing as the Pakistani government," he said terming the incident as an embarrassment for the nation.
Alleging that India's laidback attitude is boosting the morale of its
neighbours, Khanduri criticised Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for downplaying the issue of Chinese incursion into Indian territory in
"China has crossed 19 kms into Indian territory and the Prime Minister says it is a localised issue not related to incursion," the BJP leader said, adding, India's soft stand on issues like this is encouraging its neighbours.
Even the External Affairs Minister is not issuing a serious statement on the issue, he said.
"Are they inviting a situation like the one in 1962 when then Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru ignored Chinese military and infrastructure build-up along the border and the country was caught unawares as the war broke out," he asked.
"It is expected that the Centre will deal seriously with the issue because such incidents will not only dent the morale of our forces but also make us a butt of international mockery," Khanduri said.