BJP takes on Pakistan's Khar, says 'she must reflect on her country's actions'
Taking potshots at Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar for accusing India of 'warmongering', the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday said she must reflect on her country's past actions and avoid preaching to New Delhi from international platforms.
"Pakistan is where militancy is being manufactured, where the establishment is in tatters, where many parallel governments exist, which threatens the peace of not just India, but the world. In such circumstances, my unsolicited advice to Pakistan's Foreign Minister is that instead of preaching to the Indian government, army and media, she must reflect on her country's actions in the past," said BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.
Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Ram Asrey Kushwaha said 'the Indian Government must immediately order the army to initiate a stronger response to what Pakistan has done'.
"It is very unfortunate, that after such a big incident where two martyrs were beheaded, it took eight days for our Prime Minister to break his silence," he told media in Kanpur.
Khar had earlier said that Pakistan is committed to getting relations with India back to normal, and added that the two neighbours could ill afford a setback to the progress being made to improving ties over the past year.
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, yesterday termed as 'barbaric' the brutal killing of Indian jawans along the Line of Control (LoC), and said there cannot be business as usual with Islamabad.
Dr. Singh, who broke his silence on the prevailing tension with Pakistan on the LoC, said the attack on the Indian armymen was unacceptable.
"After this barbaric act, there cannot be business as usual with Pakistan. Pakistan must be held accountable for what happened on the LoC. Hope Pakistan will bring the perpetrators of the beheading to justice. The future peace process depends on Pakistan," he said.
Tension between the two Asian neighbours has escalated ever since Lance Naik Hemraj was beheaded in an attack by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control on January 8.
India has lodged a strong protest against the ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the LoC and made it clear to it that the Army reserves the right to retaliate if provoked.
The army's position was conveyed at a brigadier-level flag meeting between the two sides at Chakan-Da-Bagh crossing-point in Poonch sector of the Jammu region on Monday.
Pakistan has denied India's claim that its troops crossed the Line of Control to ambush a patrol party in the Mendhar sector in Poonch district.