LoC killings: `India should give befitting reply to Pakistan`
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Last Updated: Tuesday, August 06, 2013, 14:39
  
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New Delhi: Expressing his anger over the killing of five soldiers along Line of Control by Pakistani troops, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Yashwant Sinha on Tuesday demanded that a befitting reply should be given to Pakistan.

On the second day of the Monsoon Session of Parliament, Sinha spoke amidst uproar created by Andhra MPs to protest creation of Telangana.

Peeved at the uproar created by MPs from Andhra, the former external affairs minister accused Congress of prompting them as soon as he started speaking. There was no protest when Samajwadi party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav spoke, he noted.

The agitated BJP leader provoked Congress by questioning whether it was not agitated enough on this killing of soldiers.

"The most tragic thing is that our armed forces seem to have been made helpless" in the face of "repeated aggression" by Pakistan, he said, amid cries of "shame, shame" by opposition benches.

He also said India's Army and this Parliament have the capability to answer Pakistan in their language.

Slamming the government, Sinha said: "Congress must clarify if they're with Pakistan or India. The Congress members were listening to Mulayam Singh Yadav, why are they disrupting us?"

He also demanded a statement by Defence Minister AK Antony and sought a debate on the issue that could cast a shadow on the resumption of the Indo-Pak dialogue process expected later this month.

Sinha recalled that Pakistani troops had carried out a similar attack on the LoC in January also, killing two Indian soldiers and beheading one of them.

"There was Mumbai attack. There was beheading of soldier ...After that there have been regular incidents of Pakistani aggression," he said, adding Pakistani troops were violating the ceasefire on the LoC to aid infiltration by terrorists.

Targeting the government over these developments, the BJP leader questioned why Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was absent in the House when such a crucial issue was being raised.

Earlier, the BJP said India should not hold talks with Pakistan in the wake of the killings of five Indian soldiers by Pakistani troops in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Shahnawaz Hussain said: "Talks with Pakistan should not be held if even one bullet is fired on the border... You can't have bullets being fired on the border and our soldiers being killed, and then hold talks side by side."

Five Indian Army soldiers were killed by Pakistani troops who crossed the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district late Monday.


First Published: Tuesday, August 06, 2013, 13:10


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