BJP demands stern govt. action against Pak for ceasefire violations

New Delhi, Aug. 17 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday pilloried the Congress Party for its ineffectiveness in taking a tough stand against Pakistan over repeated ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC), and said it would raise the matter in Parliament.

"Continuous incursions in the western border by Pakistan and ceasefire violations are a serious matter and the government must immediately take up this matter at the highest level. I really fail to understand what the Government of India is doing? There seems to be no government in Delhi. There needs to be a tough message and we will raise this issue again in Parliament," BJP spokesman Prakash Javadekar said.

In yet another incident of ceasefire violation, the Pakistani troops on Friday targeted Indian forward posts in the Kargil-Drass sector today. It is for the first time since the Kargil war of 1999 that the Pakistani Army has fired in this sector.

No casualties have, however, been reported so far. This is the 18th ceasefire violation in the last eleven days.

The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, yesterday said it is imperative that for bilateral relations to improve between India and Pakistan, Islamabad must take all steps necessary to prevent its sol from being used for any anti-India activity.

Delivering his Independence Day speech from the ramparts of the historic 17th-century built Red Fort; Dr. Singh said India has also strived for friendship with neighbouring countries.

"However, for relations with Pakistan to improve, it is essential that they prevent the use of their territory and territory under their control for any anti-India activity," he added.

The Prime Minister was apparently referring to the recent ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir along the Line of Control (LoC). (ANI)

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