LoC tension: PM speaks to Jaitley, Swaraj

Amid tension with Pakistan on the Line of Control (LoC), Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today spoke to BJP leaders Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj and assured them that the Opposition would be kept in loop over the situation.

He told them that National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon would brief them tomorrow on the developments on the LoC where tension prevails ever since Indian soldier Lance Naik Hemraj was beheaded in an attack by Pakistani soldiers on January 8.

Sources said Singh told Jaitley, Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Swaraj, Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha, that nothing is being done which could not be communicated to the Opposition leaders.

He said the Opposition would be kept in loop over the situation and appealed to them that the issue should not be politicised.

The Prime Minister reached out to the Opposition leaders on a day when Army Chief Gen Bikram Singh talked tough and warned Pakistan that India reserves the right to retaliate at the "time and place" of its choosing.

The Army chief termed as "most unpardonable" and "unacceptable" the beheading of Hemraj.

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