New Delhi, Dec 23: A day after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said he will show the Modi government on how to treat the minorities, BJP on Sunday described Pakistan as "Terroristan" and said Islamabad had no business in lecturing India.
BJP spokesman Sambit Patra said Pakistan had given 'shelter' to 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden and that also considers Taliban a friend.
".....Terroristan that is Pakistan had given shelter to Osama Bin Laden. It need not teach us anything," Mr Patra said.
However, he said, Imran Khan can "surely teach Congress a lot" as the grand old party "considers the nation (Pakistan) angelic".
This was in reference to Congress leader and Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu's repeated appreciation of Pakistan Prime Minister Mr Khan.
BJP spokesman also attacked Congress for criticising the Union Home Ministry's December 20 order, which gave ten agencies including IB, CBI and ED the power to "intercept and monitor" vital information on any computer device in the country.
"The UPA regime, in its reply to an August 2013 RTI, had said that the government intercepts approximately 9,000 telephones per month and keeps an eye on nearly 500 e-mails," he said.
Earlier in the day, hardliner BJP leader and Union Minister Giriraj Singh lashed out at Islamabad, saying a 'terror nation' need not lecture India on how to deal with the religious minorities.
"Ab Pakistan jaisa atanki bikhari desh Hindustan ko batayega ki minority ke saath kaise bartav kiya Jata hae (Now, a terror nation like Pakistan will teach India on how to deal with minorities)," Mr Singh tweeted.
He also wrote that after Independence, the Hindu population in Pakistan came down to two per cent from 23 while India's Muslim population grew up from eight per cent to 20 per cent.
"In India, everyone has grown and flourished according to their own wishes," the Union Minister wrote.
These utterances come amid Bollywood actor Naseeruddin Shah stating that the 'poison' of communal hatred has spread across India and at times, the life of a cow gets more importance than the life of a policeman.
On Thursday at the weekly media briefing, India snubbed Pakistan Prime Minister for commenting on internal matters of India and said the authorities there should focus on their 'own business' as domestic conditions in that country is in "mess".
"....I think it will be better if they mind their own business. The internal matters in their country is in quite a mess," MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar has told reporters here. (UNI)