Top leaders of Congress party have launched a severe verbal attack on Modi government following the mutilation of two Indian soldiers by Pakistan’s Border Action Team (BAT) in Krishna Ghati sector of Kashmir on Monday.
On Tuesday, former Union Defence Minister AK Antony slammed Narendra Modi-led Centre, saying the number of incidents of mutilation of Indian soldiers has increased since Modi regime took over in 2014. “During my time in eight years, it happened only once but in last three years it has already happened thrice,” Antony told reporters, adding the government must give “free hand” to Army to handle the situation in Kashmir in its own way.
Former HRD minister Kapil Sibal lashed out at Modi government, alleging the Centre had no concrete policy vis-a-vis Pakistan. Addressing reporters in Delhi, Sibal said, “During the UPA government, a woman MP (Smriti Irani) had then asked if bangles should be sent to Manmohan Singh. That MP, who is now a minister, will she send bangles to Narendra Modi?”
Irani had made this statement at a public rally in Indore in 2013 after BAT had then killed and mutilated the body of Lance Naik Hemraj. Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh was also beheaded, while Constable Rajinder Singh of BSF suffered injuries in the attack.
Further mocking PM Modi, Sibal said, “What kind of a Prime Minister and what kind of a government is this when it knows that Pakistan will not mend its ways. They call the ISI to Pathankot. They go to Pakistan to spend someone’s birthday when that country has nothing but hate for India. PM should understand that he should have no expectations from Pakistan and there is no need for hugs and celebrating birthdays.”
Sibal accused Modi government of spending more time in election campaigning than thinking about the country’s borders. ““So, remove your bangles and show what you can do,” the Congress leader said.
Sibal also attacked Modi government for not appointing a full-time Defence Minister. “There will be a full-time strategy only when the country would have a full-time Defence Minister.” At present, Arun Jaitley is leading both the Defence and Finance ministries.
Another Congress leader Manish Tewari tweeted: “Soldiers mutilated on LOC, No news of Jadhav. No retribution of Sukma massacre. No strategy on Kashmir, NIL JOB CREATION – STILL ALL IS WELL.”
Soilders Mutiliated on LOC,No news of Jadhav,No retribution of Sukma massacre,No strategy on Kashmir, NIL JOB CREATION – STILL ALL IS WELL????????
— Manish Tewari (@ManishTewari) May 2, 2017
The mutilation of soldiers’ bodies by Pakistan has enraged crores of people across the country. People, both on social media and outside, have either condemned Pakistan or the Modi government. However, no one, including the Congress leaders, has offered any final solution to India’s longstanding problem with Pakistan. One option the leaders are indirectly hinting at is war. But, who can openly say so in such sensitive times?
On Tuesday, Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) of Indian Army talked to his Pakistan counterpart and raised the issue of barbaric mutilation of two Indian soldiers by Pakistani BAT.
DGMO, Lt General AK Bhatt, expressed grave concern about the Krishna Ghati incident and the way the Indian patrol party was targetted. He also said that fire support to BAT was provided by the Pakistani posts on the LOC. The BAT had laid an ambush and waited for long to trap an Indian patrol team. They managed to kill two soldiers and also mutilated their body. However, Pakistan has denied ceasefire violation or mutilation of the bodies of Indian soldiers by its men.
— ADG PI – INDIAN ARMY (@adgpi) May 2, 2017
DGMO Bhatt also raised the issue of BAT training camps near LOC. Indian Army conveyed to Pakistan that such “dastardly and inhuman acts are beyond any norm of civility and merit unequivocal condemnation and response.” Soon after the attack on Monday, the Indian Army had vowed to give an “appropriate” response to the “despicable act”.
The martyred Indian soldiers on Monday were Naib Subedar Paramjit Singh of 22 Sikh Infantry and Head Constable Prem Sagar of 200th Battalion of BSF.
(With inputs from agencies)