BJP questions UPA ministers' doublespeak on Pakistan

A day after welcoming Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s “business not as usual with Pakistan” repartee, the BJP on Wednesday questioned the doublespeak of certain UPA ministers after the January 8 killing of two Indian soldiers in the Poonch sector.

The BJP charged that while Singh conveyed the people’s anger to Islamabad after much prodding, Salman Khurshid and Manish Tewari have been advocating the need to control aggression.

BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said the country was agitated over Pakistani soldiers beheading the jawans.

“The UPA should have instantly reacted. But the verbal response of the prime minister came after a week, which showed the weakness of the country. Also, Salman Khurshid and Manish Tewari are speaking in different voices,” he told reporters at the party office.

“Professional armies respect rules of engagement. Transgressions are surmounted through tactical responses, not driven by jingoism,” Manish Tewari had tweeted on Tuesday, after BJP leader Sushma Swaraj said if Lance Naik Hemraj’s head could not be retrieved, “we should get 10 heads from there.”

A couple of days after the allegedly “pre-planned” mutilation of jawans on the border, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid had said India would not be “pressured by wild calls for revenge.” He, however, described the act as “barbaric and deplorable.”  “The country has to be united in its tone and tenure, approach and response to Pakistan,” Javadekar said.

He criticised the government for merely making statements against Islamabad, while the country “wants solid action.” He added that the government should call a meeting of the chiefs of the Army, Air Force and Navy.  “The case against Pakistan is very strong. The world will not object to Indian action,” he said. The party also questioned UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi’s silence on the issue.

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