Hundreds of activists of the Youth Congress, led by their state unit president Vikram Chaudhary and All-India Youth Congress general secretary Vikas Upadhayay, staged a protest against Pakistan and its army outside the old customs gate at the Attari border on Monday evening.
Expressing their anger over the killing of two Indian soldiers by Pakistani forces, Youth Congress activists appealed to the central government to discontinue all confidence-building measures with Pakistan.
Raising slogans against Pakistan and holding placards terming it as a "betrayer", they said that Pakistan had done a shameful and cowardly act.
Addressing party acitivists, state Youth Congress chief Vikram Chaudhary said, "Pakistan should better understand that such barbaric acts cannot demoralise our brave soldiers and countrymen. The Pakistan government has proved that it is hand-in-glove with terrorist outfits and that its territory is a breeding ground for terrorists who have been disturbing peace not only in India but all over the world."
Appealing to the Congress high command and the UPA government at the Centre to immediately discontinue the peace process with Pakistan, Chaudhary said, "The Kargil war, the attack on Parliament, the attack on Akshardham temple, the Mumbai terror attacks and now the brutal killing of Indian soldiers are enough to convince everyone that Pakistan does not deserve confidence-building measures."
Chaudhary appealed to the Centre to adopt a zero-tolerance policy towards Pakistan. He also demanded the withdrawal of the on-arrival visa facility.
Chaudhary urged the Centre and international peace organisations to snap all ties with Pakistan. He also criticised the Punjab government for showering hospitality on Pakistan nationals during the kabaddi tournament.
Paying rich tributes to the two slain soldiers, Chaudhary urged the youth of the state to pay homage to them by observing a day-long fast.
Sangram Pundir, general secretary, Indian Youth Congress, Congress MLA Amarinder Raja Warring and Congress leaders Vikas Soni, Sukhwinder Danny, Deepinder Randhawa, Gurjit Aujla, Guriqbal Singh Rupa (Attari) and Gurminder Mahal (Ajnala) were also present.