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Punjab Congress slams Narendra Modi for going ‘soft on terror’

punjab Updated: Sep 20, 2016 14:33 IST
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Congress workers burning an effigy of Pakistan during a protest at Bhandari Bridge in Amritsar on Monday. (HT photo)

Furious over the Uri terror attack, the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) burnt the effigy of Pakistan at Bhandari Bridge on Monday and demanded strong action by the Modi government.

PPCC state secretary and spokesman Mandeep Singh Manna led his party workers and condemned the Sunday attack on the Uri army camp that has left 18 jawans dead. Congress workers burnt Pakistan flags and raised slogans against the neighbouring country.

Manna warned Pakistan against supporting terror activities, while accusing the Modi government of being liberal on the issues.

“These attacks clearly demonstrate that Pakistan is in no mood for peace with India. Earlier there was an attack on the Pathankot airbase and now in Uri, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi still remains silent and reluctant to take appropriate action,” said Manna.

Taking a jibe at Modi, Manna said: “When the Congress was in power at the Centre, Modi kept talking about his 56-inch chest and of giving a befitting reply to Pakistan. Why is he silent now?”

The party workers said if the government is unable to handle the situation, it should seek help of the citizens, who are furious about terror attacks and want strict action.

Gurdaspur pays tribute to soldiers

Dinanagar (Gurdaspur): Schoolchildren took out a candle march in Dinanagar town of Gurdaspur district on Monday to pay homage to Indian soldiers who lost their lives in the Uri attack.

Hindu Suraksha Samiti also organised a protest march in the town and burnt the Pakistani national flag and shouted slogans against Pakistan premier Nawaz Sharif.

In Gurdaspur, locals led by Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee secretary Anu Gandotra held a protest and blocked traffic on national highway at Mandi Chowk. Addressing the protesters, Gandotra termed the terror attack on sleeping soldiers an act of cowardice.

Expressing condolences to the affected families, Gandotra urged the Centre to punish those who are behind the attack.

“The Modi government should control terror activities with an iron fist, so that no Indian soldier or civilian loses life in such attacks,” he said.

Gurdaspur Beopar Mandal members, led by president Darshan Mahajan, held a protest rally in the town and burnt an effigy of Pakistan premier Nawaz Sharif. Addressing the protesters, Mahajan prayed for speedy recovery of those injured in the attack.

Pathankot residents protest terror attack

Pathankot: A series of protests were witnessed in Pathankot on Monday against the Sunday terror attack on the Uri army camp in Jammu and Kashmir in which 18 jawans have died so far.

Members of the Pathankot Bar association wore black badges and suspended work. Later, they even set ablaze an effigy of Pakistan near the district courts complex, blaming

the neighbouring country for the attack. Advocate Jyoti Pal said mere statements cannot wipe off tears of the nation that are being shed for martyrs and their families. He said Pakistan is a rogue nation and India must suspend all relations with it.

Many other citizens’ outfits also staged protests while paying rich tributes to those who died in the attack. District BJP president Anil Rampal said the Modi government will act tough on terror organisations. htc