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Sonia, Manmohan party to decision to free Azhar: Amit Shah

NEW DELHI: BJP president Amit Shah on Sunday accused Congress leader Rahul Gandhi of using the Kandahar hijacking as a political device. He reminded Rahul that quickly after the hijacking, then PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee had known as an all-party assembly attended through the entire opposition by which Congress's Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh had been provide.

"Respecting the sentiments of the country, all parties unanimously agreed that lives of passengers in the hijacked plane were precious. All parties decided to set Masood Azhar free and bring back citizens of our country. It was not a goodwill gesture but there was no other option," Shah wrote in a blog.

The protection of the hostages was once the government's responsibility, Shah wrote, adding, "Unfortunately Rahul Gandhi is trying to misguide people by questioning why the government set Masood Azhar free," Shah wrote.

Shah mentioned Congress leaders should tell the country that 25 hardcore terrorists had been set free in 2010 when UPA-2 was once in energy. "One of them, Shahid Latif, was the key handler of the Pathankot terror attack," Shah claimed. He mentioned if Rahul was once making the Kandahar hijacking a ballot factor, he should additionally speak about liberate of 10 terrorists in exchange of Rubaiya Sayeed, daughter of then home minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed.

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