Congress, BJP want to name and shame Pakistan

Condemning the killing of two Indian soldiers by Pakistan Army in Poonch sector, the Congress on Wednesday gave a veiled warning to the neighbouring country, asking it “not to test the patience” of India.

“We want to condemn the incident and tell Pakistan that we have run out of our patience. There is limit to everything. We don’t want Pakistan to test our patience every time. Our protest lodged this time should be the last protest. Pakistan should realise that such activities will not be tolerated again and again,” party spokesperson Rashid Alvi told reporters here.

Reciting a couplet in Urdu, the Congress leader further suggested that India’s response in future will match the actions taken by Pakistan. “If Pakistan remains faithful, India will also remain so; if Pakistan turns unfaithful, India will also respond in the same manner,” he said.

Alvi said the incident raised a big question mark on whether Pakistan wanted friendship with India or not. He, however, clarified that war was not the only way out to resolve the issues between India and Pakistan. India will take up “aggressively” the issue of frequent violation of the ceasefire by Pakistan at different forums.

“Pakistan has violated the ceasefire several times in the past one month. But, this is the most serious violation of the ceasefire by Pakistan after 2003. We can’t tolerate such type of violation of ceasefire. No civilized society can tolerate the depraved treatment meted out to the sentinels of our nation,” he said.

Maintaining that India wants friendship with all neighbouring countries including Pakistan, he said: “But, whenever, we extend our hands for friendship, all our efforts and attempts go down the drains as Pakistan resorts to such activities.”

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) too strongly condemned the killings and asked the government to “name and shame” the neighbouring country at world forum.

The party said there was a need to draw a “red line”, stressing also on the need for enforcing the Vajpayee-Musharraf accord as the basis for any engagement with Islamabad.

Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley said the “brutal killing” of the Indian soldiers was intended to “sour the environment” and disturb relations between the two countries.

“Since Pakistan is choosing the brutality of the attack, the Government of India must realise that there is a need to draw the red line,” he said, adding thegovernment should now clearly define the “dos and don’ts” in relations with Pakistan.

Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj made a phone call to National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon suggesting him to take the issue seriously.

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