Take revenge on Pak: Uddhav Thackeray
In the wake of the recent killings of two Indian Army jawans by the Pakistani soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir, Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday said India should take revenge on Pakistan.
"Send the Indian military inside Pakistan and take revenge for the incident," Thackeray said in a statement in party mouthpiece Saamana on Thursday.
"Only then will it be a tribute to the martyrdom of the soldiers," he said.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushma Swaraj criticised the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government and said it would not be able to take a tough decision on the matter as it is 'weak'.
"I spoke to National Security Adviser Mr S.S.Menon yesterday. I told him to convey to the Prime Minister that what has happened on the LOC is unacceptable.The Government must go in for tough measures and we will support the Government in such decisions.However, there is no response from the Government so far," Swaraj tweeted.
"Unfortunately, we have a very weak Government in the country. And weak Governments are incapable of taking tough decisions," she said.
"It is matter of honour for the country. It is question of the morale of our armed forces," she posted on Twitter.
"The Government has to act. And the Government has to act tough," Swaraj said.
Amid growing tensions over the issue, Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Thursday said India will not cancel the new visa agreement it has entered with Pakistan and it will be carried out as per schedule.
"Whatever agreement we had entered that will be carried out," Shinde told reporters on Thursday.
Shinde and Pakistan Interior Minister A. Rehman Malik last month jointly operationalized the new Visa Agreement between the two countries.
The Visa-on-Arrival will come into effect from Jan 15, 2013 and the Group Tourist Visa from Mar 15, 2013.
Earlier, India and Pakistan had signed on Sept 8 a new Visa Agreement to facilitate travel for the nationals of both countries desirous of travelling to the other country and to promote people to people contact.
Shinde also confirmed that in the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) area, 2008 Mumbai attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed was present three four days back and talked with people, thus not completely ruling out Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) involvement on the border attack.
He, however, refused to comment on the matter directly.
Meanwhile, India has rejected Pakistan's suggestion that the incident should be investigated by the United Nations (UN).
Speaking to reporters, Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram said: "That demand is rejected out of hand. We will not internationalise the issue nor go to the United Nations."
He called the incident as 'brutal'.
Pertinently, Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar on Wednesday negated India's claims that the Pakistani Army killed two Indian Army jawans in Jammu and Kashmir.
Speaking to CNN-IBN, she said Pakistan was ready for a third party to verify their claims if "India doesn't believe in its inquiry".
"We have ordered an independent investigation, but we are offering more, let a third party investigate the issue," Khar said.
The US has also asked the two neighbouring nations to resolve the issue through dialogues.
The US State Department has also rejected Pakistan's demand for an international probe into the matter.
Speaking to reporters, US State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said: "Our view is that India and Pakistan have made pretty good progress in recent years in working through a number of difficult issues, including opening of the trade relations, et cetera, that they are now engaged at a high level on these recent incidents. If they can work it out themselves, that's obviously best."
"If both parties were interested in support from the UN, et cetera, we'd obviously support that as well. But at the moment, we're urging them to talk to each other," Nuland said.
The UN has urged India and Pakistan to de-escalate tensions through dialogue, reports said.
Two Indian Army jawans were killed on Tuesday when Pakistani troops attacked a patrol party along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district,
The Indian Army termed the incident as 'grave provocation'.
Two other soldiers were wounded in strike near the town of Mendhar, about 220km north of Jammu.
The Pakistani troops reportedly came about 100 metres into Indian territory and attacked the patrol party early on Tuesday morning.
The body of one of the soldiers was decapitated and was found without the head, media reports citing unnamed army sources said.
The Pakistan has negated India's claims that the Pakistani Army killed two Indian Army jawans in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday.
Skirmishes in the disputed territory Kashmir are not uncommon between the two nuclear-armed neighbours who have fought three wars since gaining independence.