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Congress, Kejriwal tell Modi govt to wake up from slumber, act against Pakistan

Opposition parties reacted strongly to the mutilation of Indian soldiers along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday.

india Updated: May 01, 2017 22:54 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Two Indian soldiers’ bodies were mutilated by Pakistani forces along the LoC on Monday.
Two Indian soldiers’ bodies were mutilated by Pakistani forces along the LoC on Monday.(AP File Photo)

The Congress and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal demanded on Monday decisive action from the government to the mutilation of two Indian soldiers’ bodies by the Pakistan army near the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir.

The Congress demanded that the Centre wakes up from its slumber and end the diplomatic vacuum between the two nations.

We have seen enough rhetoric. It is high time for a decisive policy and a decisive line to tackle terrorism” Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said.

The main opposition party criticised the government for its inability to deal with Pakistan, criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi for “lack of credible leadership” in the country.

“It (the incident) shows a serious lapse in national security on part of the BJP government,” Surewala said on Monday.

Delhi chief minister Kejriwal tweeted on Monday: “I strongly condemn the barbaric and inhuman mutilation of our soldiers. We must react strongly and firmly.”

A Pakistani special forces team killed two Indian soldiers and mutilated their bodies along the Line of Control on Monday morning, the army’s Northern Command said while promising to “appropriately respond” to the “despicable act”. The army said Pakistan violated the ceasefire and opened fire in the Krishna Ghati sector of Poonch district.

The government too reacted strongly to the incident, with finance minister Arun Jaitley saying such attacks do not even take place during war and that the whole country has full faith in the armed forces.

““Bodies of soldiers being mutilated is an extreme form of barbaric act. The government of India strongly condemns this act... This is a reprehensible and an inhuman act. Such attacks do not take place during war,” he said.

Pakistan denies that its army had fired on Indian troops and said Delhi’s claim of “mutilating Indian soldiers is also false”.

First Published: May 01, 2017 21:39 IST

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