New Delhi: The Congress, in its manifesto, has promised to get other countries on board to compel Pakistan to verifiably end its support to terrorist groups that it allegedly shelters.
“Congress is implacably opposed to terrorism anywhere in the world and promises to work with other countries to eliminate terrorist groups, terrorist acts and cross-border terrorism,” states the party manifesto
The promise comes at a time when the ruling BJP is seeking to centre its poll narrative around nationalism in the backdrop of India’s air strikes on Balakot in Pakistan, in response to the 14 February Pulwama terror attack.
National security major part of manifesto
National security is a major part of the manifesto, in which the party has promised to set up a National Counter-Terrorism Centre apart from operationalising a National Intelligence Grid or NATGRID.
The party has also promised to provide statutory status to the National Security Council (NSC) and the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA).
“Their powers and functions will be defined under the law and both authorities will be accountable to Parliament,” reads the manifesto.
In its manifesto, the Congress has accused the BJP government of leaving the National Security Advisory Board in limbo, between January 2015 and October 2016, and then truncating the body.
It has also promised to expand the domestic capacity to manufacture defence and security equipment.
“The Congress promises to take strategic and hard measures to defend the territorial integrity of India and ensure the safety of our people,” states the manifesto.
It has also promised to establish the office of Chief of Defence (CDS) to be the principal adviser to the government on matters relating to defence. The part has also promised to increase the size of the foreign service.