Modi asks PM to stop Sir Creek dialogue with Pakistan

Last Updated: Wed, Dec 12, 2012 15:00 hrs

New Delhi, Dec 12 (IANS) Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asking him to stop the dialogue with Pakistan on Sir Creek and demanded that it should not be handed over to the neighbouring nation.

"I am writing on a serious issue of talks being held on Sir Creek being handed over to Pakistan. Any attempt to hand over Sir Creek to Pakistan would be a strategic blunder considering the history and sensitivity of the region," Modi said in his letter.

In his letter, the two times Gujarat chief minister, said : "I would earnestly request you to stop this dialogue with Pakistan at once and Sir Creek should not be handed over to Pakistan."

Modi, whose Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is tipped to returnto power in the state for the third time, signed the letter as a "concerned citizen" as the state is going to the polls Thursday. The second phase of the poll is on Dec 17 and the counting is on Dec 20.

"I am writing to you at this juncture as I was told that a decision is being taken on Sir Creek issue on December 15," Mr Modi said in the letter.

Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik is likely to visit India on December 14-16.

Sir Creek is a 96-km-long disputed area between India and Pakistan in the Rann of Kutch marshlands, which opens into the Arabian Sea. The Sir Creek divides the Kutch region of Gujrat state in India and the Sindh province of Pakistan.

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