PM to meet top BJP leaders today over killing of Indian soldiers
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is expected to meet top Bharatiya Janata Party leaders today, who want no dialogue with Pakistan after the killing of five Indian soldiers by Pakistan intruders in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir on Monday night.delhi Updated: Aug 07, 2013 11:46 IST
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is expected to meet top Bharatiya Janata Party leaders on Wednesday, who want no dialogue with Pakistan after the killing of five Indian soldiers by Pakistan intruders in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir on Monday night.
The meeting is scheduled sometime in the evening on Wednesday, media reports say.
Political observers feel the Prime Minister may try to convince the Opposition leaders with the necessity of carrying on the dialogue with Pakistan as scheduled - Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif will meet in September at the United Nations General Assembly.
Even though BJP want no dialogue between India and Pakistan, the Congress leaders are of the view that all issues between the two countries can only be resolved through dialogue.
"Indian nation could not be cowed down by such blatant acts of deceit," Sonia said and urged the government of India to take up appropriate measures.
Union minister and National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah said it would affect the normalisation of ties between the two nations.
However, most pungent reactions came from BJP leaders who blamed the UPA government for adopting a soft position against Pakistan despite such dastardly acts.
"It is a total failure of the government. Government should respond to Pakistan in the same language which Pakistan understands," BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said.
BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad asked how many more brave Indian soldiers needed to be sacrificed.
Senior BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu has said that there was no need to hold any dialogue with Pakistan and that the government should send a strong message to Pakistan.
On Tuesday, speaking in Rajya Sabha, Arun Jaitley said the government had to immediately change its foreign policy and tweak it according to Pakistan’s attitude towards India.
BJP leader Yashwant Sinha said his party was of the view that any talks with Pakistan should not be at the Prime Ministerial level in the wake of the attack.
"It will affect the normalisation of relationship. People of India will not want that our soldiers keep on dying and we keep on talking about friendship...Both cannot go on at the same time," Farooq Abdullah said.
Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah said these incidents don't help efforts to normalise or even improve relations with Pakistan and call into question Pakistan's government's recent overtures.
First Published: Aug 07, 2013 11:45 IST