LoC tension: Govt responds to Sushma, cautions against jingoism

New Delhi: Government today cautioned against "jingoism" after the BJP upped the ante on the issue of beheading of an Indian soldier by Pakistani Army along the Line of Control.

"Professional Armies respect rules of engagement. Transgressions are surmounted through tactical responses and not driven by jingoism," Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari said on micro-blogging site Twitter.

His comments came a day after BJP leader Sushma Swaraj said that if Pakistan does not return the head of martyred soldier Hemraj, India should get at least ten heads from the other side.

Manish Tewari. PTI

After visiting Hemraj's family along with party president Nitin Gadkari and leader Rajnath Singh yesterday, Swaraj had said, "The question is: will we sit without any reaction and engage in a dialogue?... That is why we have said that government should take some tough measures".

"There is absolutely no doubt about the fact that the entire country is outraged about the inhuman manner in which our armed forces personnel have been treated. The government has responded to it by not only expressing its outrage but by defining it as some sort of a turning point," Tewari said.

He said professional armies respect the rules of engagement and aberration to these rules are surmounted through tactical responses.

"The mapping of those tactical responses are best left to professionals. It is advisable that jingoism needs to be avoided," he further said.

PTI