BJP today asked the Centre to take tough steps against Pakistan in the wake of the brutal killing of two Indian soldiers and pledged support to it on the issue even as it rued that the country has a "weak government" which may not be capable of such decisions.
Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj referred on Twitter to her conversation with National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon yesterday and she had asked to him convey to the Prime Minister that what 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. Unfortunately, we have a very weak government in the country. And weak governments are incapable of taking tough decisions," Swaraj said.
The BJP leader said this issue is a "matter of honour" for the country and concerns the morale of our armed forces.
BJP announced it will hold protest demonstrations at the district level across the country tomorrow against the brutal killing of the two Indian soldiers.
"The protest demonstrations will be held essentially to show the anger and anguish of the people of India," party spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said.
She said though BJP supports people-to-people contact and improvement in relations with Pakistan, it does not mean that Pakistan can violate human rights during combat.
"Every drop of blood of our soldiers is dear to us. Pakistan should get this message from India," Sitharaman added.
"We condemn this barbaric attack. The 2003 ceasefire agreement is the most-violated agreement. 72 such violations have taken place in the last 13 months and infiltration has gone up. BJP has cautioned that India should be on guard all the time," Sitharaman said.
The party maintained that "in our keeness to improve relations with Pakistan, we should not forget the gruesome manner in which our soldiers have been killed.
"BJP holds Pakistan government and its army responsible for what happened," the party spokesperson said.
Asked what the principal opposition expects the government of India to do in the present scenario, Sitharaman said "we should be very clear. The talks with Pakistan should be very
focussed.... The dialogue process with Pakistan needs to be relooked into."
She maintained that the 2003 ceasefire agreement and the Vajpayee-Musharraf accord of 2004 should be basis on any dealings with Pakistan.
BJP said firing across the LoC and retaliation may take place between the two forces but nothing justifies the brutal killing of the soldiers.
Sitharaman said there are reports that JuD founder Hafiz Saeed was seen moving around near the border areas.
She maintained that this is not the time to get into these "nuanced arguments" and there should be no diversion of the issue with questions on who violated the ceasefire agreement.
Expressing concern over lack of response from Pakistan to the Mumbai terror attack case, the BJP leader said "despite several dossiers to Pakistan on the 26/11 accused living there, no action has been taken."
BJP insisted that comprehensive proofs against Pakistan on this attack should be collected and shared with the international community to name and shame Islamabad.
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