BJP alleges government of being soft with Pakistan, Congress denies

New Delhi, Jan. 14 (ANI): Amid the nationwide outrage over the issue of ceasefire violation and brutal killing of two Jawans at the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir by Pakistani troops, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday alleged the Congress-led UPA Government of being soft with Pakistan.

On the other hand, the Congress Party denied the BJP's allegation and said the opposition should not play politics on sensitive issues like this.

Responding to a question, BJP spokesperson Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said: "Recent activities of ceasefire violation, killing of Jawans, mutilation of their bodies are the clear indication that they (Pakistan) are challenging our patience. Our Army is capable enough to handle such situations and make them learn a lesion, but is lack of strong political will power."

Reacting to the BJP's accusations, Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi said: "The persistent allegations that the government is taking the issue softly, are encouraging Pakistan for such offences. We were never soft and neither behave softly in future on such issues."

"We have been always good friend with friends and have taught lessons to the enemies. The BJP should not play politics on such a sensitive issue. Our Army is ready to face any circumstances, but we want peace and friendship across the border," said Alvi.

"Pakistan has denied their Army's role in terrorist activities along with the border in past, but at present, we are getting reports that Pakistani Army and terrorist groups are working together in the areas, this is a very serious matter," he added.

Earlier today, Chief of Army Staff, General Bikram Singh said Pakistan had pre-planned the whole operation, and added that the beheading and the mutilation of the bodies of two Indian jawans along the Line of Control (LoC) was against all rules of engagement, gruesome and unpardonable.

Conveying his condolences to the families of the two Indian jawans killed by Pakistani troops on January 8, General Singh said Pakistani action is against the ethics and principle of soldiering.

Two Indian jawans Lance Naik Hemraj and Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh were killed by infiltrating Pakistani soldiers in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir on January 8.

Pakistan has denied India"s claim that its troops crossed the Line of Control to ambush a patrol party in the Mendhar sector in Poonch district. (ANI)

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