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NSA Menon briefs Sushma, Jaitley on LoC tension Last Updated : 15 Jan 2013 01:48:35 PM IST NSA briefs Sushma, Jaitley on LoC tension
National Security Adviser Shiv Shankar Menon on Tuesday briefed senior BJP leaders Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley on the developments on the LoC.
The government efforts to reach out to the BJP means that it is ensuring political consensus as it deals with the LoC situation.
The meeting came after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh last night spoke to the Leaders of Opposition in Rajya Sabha and
Lok Sabha respectively assuring them that the Opposition would be kept in loop over the situation.
Upping the ante on the incident, Swaraj had yesterday said that "If Pakistan does not return the head of martyred soldier Hemraj, India should get at least ten heads from the other side".
He said the Opposition would be kept in loop over the situation and appealed to them that the issue should not be politicised. The Prime Minister had reached out to the Opposition leaders on a day when Army Chief Gen Bikram Singh talked tough and warned Pakistan that India reserves the right to retaliate at the "time and place" of its choosing. The Army chief termed as "most unpardonable" and "unacceptable" the beheading of Hemraj.
Swaraj who visited the home of one of two jawans killed by Pakistani troops last week, said in an aggressive remark on Monday that if India cannot recover the head of Lance Naik Hemraj Singh, it should at least bring back 10 Pakistani heads. "The incident that has happened, we should take revenge. Today, the country is demanding that we should not be proved a weak government... If we don't get this (Lance Naik Hemraj Singh's) head, we should get 10 of theirs (Pakistan army's)," she said at the martyr's village Shernagar, near Mathura in Uttar Pradesh.
The government earlier today cautioned against "jingoism" with Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari maintaining "professional Armies respect rules of engagement.Transgressions are surmounted through tactical responses and not driven by jingoism".
In an apparent disapproval of BJP upping the ante on the issue, Tewari also said, "the mapping of those tactical responses are best left to professionals. It is advisable that jingoism needs to be avoided".
The meeting between the NSA and senior BJP leaders comes a day after Army Chief Gen Bikram Singh said "I expect all my commanders on the LoC to be aggressive and offensive in face of provocation and fire...No passivity is expected from them. Their response has to be measured and for effect," said a tough-talking General Bikram Singh.
NSA arrived at the residence of Sushma Swaraj, the Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, where he briefed the two senior BJP leaders about the government’s stand on the brutal killing of two Indian soldiers’ by the Pakistan troops recently.
Indian Army directed all its battalion commanders on the fiercely-contested boundary to retaliate with all their might if the Pakistani Army provokes them by violating the ceasefire or pushing militants into J&K.
Army Chief’s statement came after a strong protest was lodged with the Pakistan Army at the flag meeting along the LoC, which divides Jammu and Kashmir between the two countries.
Pakistan has categorically denied the charge.
The January 8 killing of Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh and Lance Naik Hemraj - who was decapitated - in the Mendhar sector in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir by Pakistani troops was a "gruesome and an unpardonable act", Army Chief said.Source:PTI, Other Agencies, Staff Reporters
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