Controlled military response needed against Pakistan, says BJP’s Sinha

by Jan 15, 2013

Even after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that it wouldn't be business as usual with Pakistan after the recent incident along the Line of Control, BJP leader Yashwant Sinha said that the steps taken by the Indian government were inadequate and the process to normalise relations between the two countries should be put on hold.

"The alternative to peace talks is not necessarily war...Who says that if you have a limited controlled military response then it will necessarily result in war?" Sinha said in an exclusive interview with CNN-IBN's Rajdeep Sardesai.


The senior BJP leader said that the government should allow the Indian government to respond to the provocation by the Pakistani Army.

"I believe Pakistan should be replied to a manner in which Pakistani Army understands," Sinha said.

He also advocated the reversal of the steps taken by the two governments to restore relations between the two nations and said that negotiations did not serve a purpose when Pakistan did not respond in kind to India's actions.

The opposition party leader also said that they would back any strong steps taken by the Prime Minister against Pakistan.

"We have told the Prime Minister many times that any step that the government takes in the interest of the nation will be completely supported by the BJP," Sinha said.

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