RSS flays Antony for not naming Pak Army in Poonch killings

Condemning the Poonch killings as a "heinous crime", RSS on Wednesday told UPA Government not to hold talks with Pakistan during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh`s visit to the US.

Bangalore: Condemning the Poonch killings as "heinous crime", RSS on Wednesday UPA Government not to hold talks with Pakistan during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh`s visit to the US on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meet unless his counterpart Nawaz Sharif "shows" he enjoys control over his Army.

"The Pakistan PM should show he enjoys control over his Army and only then should India venture into holding another round of talks with the Pakistani establishment," RSS spokesman Ram Madhav told a news agency here.

Madhav said it was "absurd" to hold talks with Pakistan if its Army continues to kill Indian soldiers on Indian soil. "Let Pakistan do enough to convince people of India that they are serious about good relations," he said.
RSS was not against India holding dialogue with Pakistan, but doing so "by giving an impression of a weak and submissive power is not acceptable," Madhav said.

Madhav said the whole country was shocked at Defence Minister AK Antony`s refusal to name Pakistan Army as the perpetrators of the heinous crime of killing five Indian soldiers in the Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir.

Madhav said Antony`s remarks were "highly irresponsible" and showed the Congress-led UPA Government lacked in strength and courage of conviction in protecting the Indian Army and country`s borders.

PTI