New Delhi: Senior BJP leader L K Advani
on Friday described the "proxy war" and stone-pelting incidents in
Kashmir Valley as a result of Pakistan`s failure to win the
first Indo-Pak war in 1947 and favoured a firm approach to
tackle the problem.
"Today`s proxy war, the stone pelting, is a result of
Pakistan`s failure to win (conventional) wars against India
...the nature of the 1947 invasion has changed but the war
continues," Advani said here.
"Some measure of firmness" was required to find a
solution to the problem, he said at a seminar here on
`Resolving the Kashmir Issue`.
The BJP Parliamentary Party Chairman said the strategy of
trouble-makers is to use bullets with stones while targeting
security forces. "This show the presence of militants in the
crowd. The fact has been officially confirmed and shows that
people from across the border are taking interest," he said.
He also used the opportunity to attack the Congress for
"losing an opportunity in 1947-48 to win the war." He claimed
that the leadership of the day decided against pushing the
army ahead which had already taken back large areas from
Pakistan in the counter-offensive.
Quoting a book, Advani said initially Congress was
against Article 370 which gives special status to Jammu and
"The issue of Article 370 was to be put up before the
Constituent Assembly. But Prime Minister (Jawaharlal Nehru)
left for abroad and asked Gopalaswamy Iyengar (his cabinet
colleague) to do the needful...on the suggestion of Sardar
Patel, he took the matter to Congress for approval (before
moving the Constituent Assembly).
"Congress was not ready. But Sardar Patel asked Congress
to approve it as it was the desire of the Prime Minister,"
He said what started in 1947 is totally different today.
"After using terrorism as a proxy means, mass frenzy is being
created in the state in which women and children also get
involved and security forces are forced to shoot at them,"
The BJP leader supported suggestions that security forces
should avoid using firepower on protesters and if they are
forced to shoot, they should only disable them. "Shoot not to
kill," he said.