Days after the attack on Sunjuwan army camp, which has so far killed six army men, political reactions have started filtering in. The latest in line was Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who slammed People's Democratic Party and Bharatiya Janata Party for continuing an opportunistic alliance as soldiers paid the price "with their blood."
Rahul accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of "dithering" while Indian soldiers were killed in terror attacks in the state.
Lamenting on the differences between the ruling partners, Rahul said that while on one hand, PDP was batting for talks with Pakistan, BJP, who also rules at the Centre was speaking about making Pakistan pay the price.
1. PDP says “talks” with Pakistan.
2. BJP Defence Minister says "Pakistan will pay the price".
While our soldiers pay with their blood for BJP/ PDP’s opportunistic alliance and non-existent Kashmir policy; Modi Ji dithers.
— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) February 13, 2018
Rahul's comments come after Mehbooba Mufti said in the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly that dialogue with Pakistan was the only way forward, even as she predicted she will be dubbed "anti-national" by TV channels for making the appeal. Later, in a tweet, Mehbooba said that dialogue with Pakistan was necessary to end bloodshed and war was not an option.
Dialogue with Pakistan is necessary if we are to end bloodshed. I know I will be labelled anti-national by news anchors tonight but that doesn’t matter. The people of J&K are suffering. We have to talk because war is not an option. — Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) February 12, 2018
Her statement came at a time when multiple attacks on the armed forces took place in the state. This evoked response from its ally BJP, which were unsurprisingly, in contrast with what the chief minister had said.
Ram Madhav of the BJP told CNN-News18 that terrorism and talks cannot happen together and terrorism must end. However he said that India never shied away from talks.
Ravinder Raina, the BJP MLA for Nowshera-Sunderbani constituency told NDTV that while dialogue is always welcome, Pakistan's conduct makes it difficult. He pointed to the overtures made by the Atal Bihari Vajpayee and the Narendra Modi governments in response to which Pakistan only mounted further attacks. He asked who will take guarantee of Pakistan's conduct.
Meanwhile, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in an official statement said, "Pakistan will pay the price for its misadventures," while laying the blame steadily with India's belligerent neighbour for the attack on the Sunjuwan army camp.
Earlier on Tuesday, AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi had used the opportunity to hit out at those "challenging loyalties" of Indian Muslims. Owaisi pointed out that five of the seven killed were Muslims.
"Saat mein se panch log jo maare gaye woh Kashmiri Musalmaan the. Ab ispe kuch kyun nahi bola ja raha hai. Isse sabak haasil karna pdega unn logon ko jo musalmaanon ki wafadari pe shak karte hain, jo unko aaj bhi Pakistani keh rahe hain. Hum toh jaan de rahe hain (Of the seven who were killed, five were Muslims. Why is everybody silent on this. This incident should be a lesson for those who constantly question the loyalties of Indian Muslims towards India. We are laying down our lives," Owaisi said.
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Updated Date: Feb 13, 2018 18:20:55 IST