PM Modi’s visit to Pathankot base a mere photo-op, says Congress

  • PTI, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jan 10, 2016 01:48 IST
Prime Minister, Narendra Modi visits different sites of the Pathankot air base, one week after a militant attack left seven soldiers dead. (PIB via AFP Photo)

Congress hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday for his visit to Pathankot air force base a week after the terror attack, saying it is a mere “photo op”.

“Eight days after the Pathankot terror incident depicting the failure of Modi government on National Security and the fight against terror, PM’s belated visit has got relegated to a mere photo op,” Congress said.

“Need of the hour is to ensure action by Pakistan against Jaish-e- Mohammad, a through review of internal security safeguards and affixing responsibility for security lapses. We hope Modiji will inform the nation about action taken on these key issues,” AICC Communication Department chief Randeep Surjewala told reporters in New Delhi.

In a photo tweet on party twitter handle, Congress also told the Prime Minister that “he celebrates the birthday of Pakistani Prime Minister with great enthusiasm but it takes him eight days to take care of Pathankot”.

“PM Modi diverted plane to Pakistan to greet Pak PM Nawaz Sharif on his b’day, but took 8 days to reach Pathankot!,” the party said in another tweet.

“There is no action on terror. Whether Modi government will run like this (Karte Nahin Aatank pe waar, Kya Aise he chalegi Modi Sarkaar),” Congress said, coining a new slogan to attack the NDA government.

The party has been targeting Centre after the Pathankot attack, citing BJP’s Lok Sabha poll slogan “bahut hua seema par waar; Abki baar Modi sarkaar” (enough attacks on the border; this time the Modi government will respond).

The Prime Minister on Saturday visited the strategic Pathankot air force base for a first-hand assessment of the situation in the aftermath of the terror attack that began last Saturday.

Six terrorists, believed to owe allegiance to Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed, were gunned down by the security forces after a four-day gun battle. Seven Indian security personnel also lost their lives.

The operation to ensure that no terrorist was hiding was carried out jointly by army, NSG and IAF’s Garud commandos.

Defence minister Manohar Parrikar had also visited the base on January 5.

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