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Pak intruder attack: Country outraged, politicos continue mud-slinging

Vishakha Saxena, Hindustantimes.com  New Delhi, August 07, 2013
First Published: 02:54 IST(7/8/2013) | Last Updated: 04:18 IST(7/8/2013)

After reports of the attack by Pakistani intruders, that claimed the lives of five Indian soldiers, emerged late Tuesday morning, outrage became the country's 'sentiment of the day'.


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A BJP activist in Kolkata burns a placard against Pakistan, during the protest against killing of Indian Army soldiers in cross-border exchanges in Poonch. (AFP Photo)

Ripples of the incident were heard loud and clear in the Parliament, which was adjourned over the issue. Politicians blamed the government for not doing enough and the government promised they wouldn't be intimidated due repeated intrusions by Pakistan.

People took to Twitter and Facebook to question Pakistan, its intentions and to question the government's stance on the long standing issue of militant intrusions from Pakistan.

Throughout the day the picture of what exactly happened at the Line of Control got clearer and people got angrier. Where most expressed their disappointment along the lines of "Pakistan will never learn", others believed that the attack was an attempt to derail the Indo-Pak peace talks.

READ: The other victim: LoC ambush threatens Indo-Pak dialogue

And experts felt a similar way.

In a poll conducted by Hindustan Times, more than half of the respondents were of the view that the attack was aimed at derailing the India-Pak peace process.

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The sentiment was a lot less sombre in the views expressed by readers by way of comments.

'MangoMan' commented: How come, it is always Paki soliders come inside the Indian side and end up killing, beheading our soliders? What are our soliders doing? Revenge is sweet and we as a nation want one NOW, damn it.

'Pranji' commented: Is this present UPA Government working for Pakistan or for some other country? Definitely does not appear to be working for this country that is India.

'Manish Khanna' commented: The enemy is not outside the nation. It is within in the guise of self centred selfish politicians having myopic vision. Time to exercise franchise judiciousy.

'Maheswar Deka' commented: Option before India is to response militarily. If Pakistan does not stop killing of Indian soldiers, then, India would have to respond by declaring final war against Pakistan


Politicians on the other had other things on their mind. They condemned the attack and then blamed the government for not doing enough.

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It wasn't just the politicos who took to Twitter to react on the issue. A number of people expressed anger, anguish and others took a dig at the government in light of recent incidents like the Durga Nagpal suspension case.

The mood-in-majority, however, was that of anger.

LoC, Pak Army and Poonch trended on Twitter the entire day. Facebook users too expressed their reactions using #LoC, #borders and other similar hashtags.

At a time when crucial peace talks between the two countries seemed to be returning on track, such an incident might prove to be a major deterrent in the process. 

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