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Govt has failed to protect nation's honour: BJP

January 15, 2013 19:00 IST

Stepping up pressure on the Centre over the prevailing tension along the LoC, Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday attacked government saying it has failed to protect nation's honour and evoke confidence among the people.

"This government has shown that it is neither capable of protecting the boundaries nor the dignity of its citizens. This government is not doing anything substantial and does not evoke any confidence in the minds of the people," senior party leader Murli Manohar Joshi told reporters.

Asked to comment on views expressed by other political parties that war is the only option left with Pakistan, he said it should be decided by government and Army.

"This option is to be decided by Army and government. But if necessary to save the honour of the country, if it is decided by Army or by government, we will support it," Joshi said.

He observed that government's policy regarding national security is very weak and it is not treating Pakistan the way it should be treated.

"Government must answer why it is not happening, why this government is behaving like this, why are they silent, why are they not assuring the country that it is safe with them," he said.

Joshi, CPI leader A B Bardhan and Janata Dal-United chief Sharad Yadav were interacting with reporters during a joint press conference to oppose the Centre's decision to allow FDI in multi-brand retail.

Replying to a question on the mutilation of dead bodies of two Indian soldiers by Pakistani troopers, Bardhan said, "It's inhuman and this is a war crime. It's against Geneva Convention. Do we treat soldiers like this? This is a question of national sovereignty."

Joshi also said Army should take appropriate action and weed out its weak commanders in wake of the incident.

"We want to tell Army that it should weed out such weak commanders. Someone beheaded (our soldiers) and there is no response to it. Army should have immediately responded in a dignified and appropriate manner, which did not happen," the BJP leader said.

Joshi also said that India should stop talking to Pakistan and blamed government for breaching the 2004 agreement between Vajpayee and Musharraf, where it was agreed that Pakistan will now allow its land for promoting terrorism.

"Our present government neither followed the agreement but overruled it in Sharm el-Sheikh and said that talks will go on along with terrorism. This (beheading incident) is the result of that only.

We want to tell the prime minister that talks should end," he said.

On BJP leader Sushma Swaraj's statement that India should get at least 10 heads from Pakistan for its act, Joshi said, "I have already said this. We should maintain same attitude... It is very insulting to the country..."

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