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The Newshour Debate: Playing into Pakistan hands? - 2

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In a debate moderated by TIMES NOW's Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami, panelists -- Dr Sheshadri Chari, Convenor, Foreign Affairs Cell, BJP; Maj Gen (Retd) G D Bakshi, Editor, Indian Military Review; Maroof Raza, Strategic Affairs Analyst; RSN Singh, Former RAW Officer; Ragini Nayak, Spokesperson, Congress; Pavan Verma, MP, Rajya Sabha JD (U); and Rahul Narvekar, Spokesperson & MLC, NCP -- discuss the issue of Congress questioning the Govt's theory on the Pak boat issue, and BJP hitting back and asking Cong not to politicise issues pertaining to national security.

Congress asked the govt to "come clean" on the Pakistani boat issue and explain "which terrorist organisation" was behind the episode that unfolded on the high seas. "Government should come clean on it. There is no evidence ... How can you say that a terrorist attack was prevented? "How did they (government) come to the conclusion that it was a terrorist boat? It is very strange. Nothing has been explained. Which terrorist organisation was behind it?" party spokesperson Ajoy Kumar said citing media reports which have questioned the government version about the interception and the subsequent blast on board and sinking of the fishing boat. In a midnight operation off the coast of Gujarat, a Pakistani fishing boat said to be carrying explosives was intercepted by the Indian Coast Guard before it exploded and caught fire and sunk with four crew members on board. The incident, which occurred on the intervening night of Dec. 31, 2014, and Jan. 1 some 365-km off the Porbander coast, is being regarded in some quarters as being reminiscent of the 2008 Mumbai terror strike. However, there has been no official confirmation of that conjecture with the Defence Ministry merely stating that the boat from Keti Bunder near Karachi "was planning some illicit transaction" in the Arabian Sea. Latching on to the media reports, Congress said they raise "question marks" as to the government theory now that it has come to the for

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