Punjab state Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday condemned the terror attack on an Indian army camp in Uri, saying this was an extremely outrageous and provocative act by Pakistan, which must be taken up seriously and reciprocated in the same measure.
“Perhaps the time has come when we need to make it categorically clear to Pakistan that in 1971 you survived by half and in 2017 you may cease to survive at all,” he said, adding, “We have really given a long rope to Pakistan and now is the time to take a decisive action as the time for restraint is long past.”
“Brutal provocations demand equally brutal reprisals and we must not hesitate,” the Amritsar MP said, while adding, “let us stop seeking excuse and justification for non-action in the name of restraint and maintain peace.”
“Four terrorists, who infiltrated from LOC the same night, attacking Indian army base, killing 17 and injuring 24 others is completely unacceptable and it deserves to be retaliated and reciprocated in the same measure”, he said.
Questioning the policy of “appeasement” resorted to by the Central government, “both towards Pakistan and handling terrorism in Kashmir,” he said, “we as a nation need to tell it to Pakistan in simple and straight terms that enough is enough and we are not going to take it any more.”
He added, the same policy needs to be adopted and implemented in Kashmir where army must be given a free hand to make everyone realise that peace is the only option.
“This is the high time that we call their bluff and drill sense into their obsessively mischievous mind that you can’t mess with us and get away with it,” he said, while calling for strong retaliatory reprisals that should make Pakistan realise that the proxy war it has resorted to against India, at the end, will be as costly and expensive for it, “as the previous four wars and will eventually prove suicidal for it, even threatening its very existence.”
Heavily armed militants stormed a battalion headquarters of the army in North Kashmir’s Uri town in the wee hours on Sunday, killing 17 jawans and injuring 19 other personnel in the strike in which four ultras were neutralised.