India need not have any relations with Pakistan: Sanjay Raut

New Delhi, Aug 7 (ANI): Reacting to the killing of five Indian soldiers by the Pakistani troops along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Wednesday suggested that India should not have any relations with Pakistan.

"We don't need any relations anymore with Pakistan. We must declare war," Raut said.

Raut had earlier said the government must give a befitting reply to Pakistan to prevent any recurrence of such incidents.

"If five Indian soldiers are killed, then what is our defence ministry doing? What is the Prime Minister doing? Today, five soldiers are killed, before two soldiers were also killed and (one of them was) beheaded and what did we do? Unless we also show we can kill 50 (Pakistani) soldiers in response to these five, they (Pakistan) will continue to take advantage of our weakness," said Raut.

Five Indian soldiers were killed in an ambush by Pakistani troops in Poonch District early on Tuesday morning.

Defence Minister A.K. Antony has strongly condemned Pakistan's firing on the Indian side of the LoC in the Poonch sector.

"We strongly condemn this unprovoked incident. The Government of India has lodged strong protest with the Government of Pakistan through diplomatic channels. I assure the House that our Army is fully ready to take all necessary steps to uphold the sanctity of the LoC," Antony said in a suo moto statement in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.

"The Government of India conveys its condolences to the families of the martyrs who made the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty," he added.

Antony informed that a patrol of the Indian Army comprising of one Non Commissioned Officer and five other ranks was ambushed on our side of Line of Control in Poonch Sector of Jammu and Kashmir.

"In the ensuing firefight, five Indian soldiers were martyred and one soldier was injured. The ambush was carried out by approximately 20 heavily armed terrorists along with persons dressed in Pakistan Army uniforms," he said.

The Defence Minister informed that the numbers of infiltration attempts have doubled this year in comparison to the corresponding period (January 1- August 5) of 2012.

"There has also been 57 cease fire violations this year, which is 80 percent more than the violations last year during the same corresponding period. The Indian Army successfully eliminated 19 hardcore terrorists in the recent months of July and August along the Line of Control and in the hinterland in Jammu and Kashmir," said Antony.

"The effective counter infiltration grid on the Line of Control has ensured that 17 infiltration bids were foiled this year," he added. (ANI)

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