Recall envoy to Islamabad, BJP tells Centre

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday stepped up its attack on the Centre over the brutal killing of Indian soldiers by Pakistani troops across the Line of Control (LoC) a week ago in the Poonch sector of Jammu. Former party president Rajnath Singh demanded that the United Progressive Alliance government should recall its high commissioner in Islamabad.

The party also wanted the government to take the statement of most wanted fugitive and terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba’s founder Hafiz Saeed with utmost seriousness as he said that the country was destabilising Pakistan. A war in Kashmir could become “ugly”.

“India has always tried to maintain good relations with its neighbour Pakistan. The recent brutal beheadings of Indian soldiers clearly point that Islamabad doesn’t want to maintain a cordial relation and it has also violated the Geneva Convention,” Singh said while seconding the party’s stand that all talks with the neighbour’s should be suspended.

He deplored the Centre for failing to register a strong protest. He said: “I want India to stop all confidence-building measures with Pakistan because such gruesome acts by the Pakistani Army show it doesn’t want a cordial relation with New Delhi. To register strong protest, India must recall its envoy in Islamabad and bring down its diplomatic relations.”

Some Congress leaders have criticised the BJP’s high pitched nationalist ranting.  
Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari questioned the BJP’s jibe at his government's handling of the current situation. The BJP had no right to do so considering that its National Democratic Alliance government had released terrorists to defuse the Kandahar plane hijack crisis.

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