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Parties express anger, outrage on killings by Pak army

January 09, 2013 17:07 IST

Political parties on Wednesday condemned the killing of two Indian soldiers by Pakistan army with the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party demanding that the government clearly draw the redlines in dealing with the neighbouring nation.

"This attack is also warning to India. A warning that in dealing with Pakistan it is now extremely important that government of India clearly defines the red lines," leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley said in New Delhi.

He also wanted the Government to place all facts of the attack before the international community so that Pakistan can be 'named and shamed' before the world at large.

He said the brutal nature of the killing of two Indian soldiers by Pakistanis shows the 'real design behind this attack'.

The Congress reacted with anger and outrage over the incident with party spokesperson Rashid Alvi saying that Pakistan should not try India's patience.

"What Pakistan has done on our borders is unfortunate. Pakistan should not try our patience. We have lost our patience now," he said.

Congress leader and Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari called for drawing of red lines while dealing with Pakistan. "Pakistan must respect rules of engagement and the ceasefire agreement. How can we tolerate mutilation of our braves. Redlines must be drawn," Tewari said in a remark posted on the social networking site Twitter.

Shiv Sena demanded resignation of Defence Minister A K Antony and said India should give a 'befitting' reply to Pakistan.

The Communist Party of India said the provocative action by Pakistan was 'totally unacceptable and condemnable'.

Jaitley said the brutal nature of the killing of two Indian soldiers by Pakistanis shows the 'real design behind this attack'.

"As far as this unprovoked attack is concerned, it is now incumbent on the Government of India, since Pakistan still continues to give denial, to collect the entire evidence including the identity of those Pakistani Army officials and the groups guarding particular area who are responsible for this assault, place all these facts before the international community so that Pakistan can be named and shamed before the world at large for this brutal attack," Jaitley said.

Alleging that the neighbouring country does not have respect for Line of Control, Alvi said, "We want good relations with all neighbouring countries including Pakistan. But Pakistan itself has put a question mark."

Calling for a 'befitting' reply from the Indian side, Sena spokesperson Sanjay Raut said, "If two of our soldiers are beheaded, we should behead 40 soldiers of theirs."

He said on the one hand Pakistan cricket team is playing matches in India and on the other Pakistan is killing our soldiers.

"If such brutal attack takes place without any war, it will demoralise our soldiers and they won't be able to fight for the country," he added.

In a statement, the Communist Party of India strongly protested the provocative action by the Pakistan troops.

"At a time, when both India and Pakistan are expected to continue their meaningful engagement to resolve the vexed issues bilaterally, this kind of provocation by Pakistan is

totally unacceptable and condemnable," it said.

Violating the ceasefire agreement, Pakistani army regulars had on Tuesday intruded into the Indian territory in Poonch sector and ambushed a patrol, killing two soldiers, one of whom was decapitated.

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