Declare militants attack on army as ‘acts of war’: Anand Sharma

Sharma said, "When the entire nation had spoken in once voice supporting the action of the Indian Army, which carried out courageous surgical strikes, there was no need for resorting to boastful claims.”

By: Express News Service | Shimla | Updated: October 23, 2016 6:30 pm
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Congress leader Anand Sharma on Sunday advised Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ‘speak and act’ with maturity and restraint on issues of national security and stop driving political mileage from the surgical strikes by the Indian Army across the LoC with Pakistan. He also demanded that terrorists attacks on the army and air force establishments at Udhampur, Pathankot and Uri should be declared as ‘acts of war’ and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, BJP president Amit Shah and BJP-RSS leaders should be stopped making jingoistic statements.


Talking to mediapersons, Sharma said, “When the entire nation had spoken in once voice supporting the action of the Indian Army, which carried out courageous surgical strikes, to neutralise the terrorist launch pads along the LoC on September 29, there was no need for resorting to boastful claims.”

The Congress leader said Modi himself has become ‘ Pramukh prachar mantri’ of his government and making misleading statements to give an impression as if it was ‘first time that Indian army had taken action against cross border terrorism. “I advise him (PM) to use restraint and keep the country together as Pakistan can’t be trusted. We should remain alert to any further mischief of Pakistan instead of whipping of hysteria on matters of national security”.

He said the Congress party had endorsed the government’s decision and supported the action as informed by the DGMO, also praising the sacrifices of the brave soldiers –who fell victim to the terrorists attacks at Udhampur, Pathankot and Uri but it was highly regrettable that some loud mouthed BJP leaders, including Amit Shah using the ‘surgical strike’ to drive political mileage in UP.

“We welcomed Prime Minister’s statement asking his ministers and others not to speak on surgical strike but the message perhaps was taken other way around as Parrikar came-out with a claim that such an action of the army was first of its kind in 30 years, which is highly unfortunate. Now the foreign secretary and top army brass have admitted before the Parliamentarian standing committee that such actions were carried out even before, but never publicised it. Defence minister’s statement was an insult to the martyrs of Kargil war,” he added.

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First Published on: October 23, 2016 6:10 pm
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    IML sood
    Oct 23, 2016 at 6:27 pm
    Cong ship is sinking and sinking fast and power can save it,so there few slaves having no work and devoid of any wisdom are mooting such ideas with no takers.We agree with comments here that IE is becoming a playground for all anti national including with fake names to let out their frustration and helplessness in this newspaper coloumns.Enen Aaptards have only this paper as their safe hiding place as more or more newspapers have srarted realising the reality of present Govt.working for people's welfare and they do not give importance such discarded people like Sharma.
    1. J
      Oct 23, 2016 at 2:02 pm
      Indian Express is following Rahul hi's self-destruct strategy by promoting articles like;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Editors who care more about dissent and freedom of speech are not only working for Indian Express. But Indian Express has become the leader of those few who feel they are going to save the congress party. The dynasty will return to power soon and all will be well again for the sycophant and IE and;br/gt;lt;br/gt;IE are miscalculating and have misunderstood the mood of common people. No doubt there should be dissent and freedom of speech. But if you blatantly and blindly covet the dynasty it will only lead to making IE irrelevant and put of touch of;br/gt;lt;br/gt;This post is not my wishful thinking. It is not a prophesy. It is not arising out of hate towards anyone. It is not a threat. It is merely an observation and some speculation. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Choose to ignore it if you will. At your own risk - IE.
      1. M
        Oct 23, 2016 at 6:42 pm
        Last thing people need is "advice" from any members of the "party of thieves" who were busy selling India and its soul peace by peace to the bidders and for their personal gains!!
        1. S
          Oct 23, 2016 at 5:25 pm
          1. A
            Oct 23, 2016 at 2:52 pm
            The only solution is to completely wipe out the congress fellows in elections at all levels and destroy.
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              Anuradha Kalhan
              Oct 23, 2016 at 4:16 pm
              It is so sad that BJP is destroying every single insution of the Indian state step by step by step... just to stay in power. It is treating the Indian Army as team B of the BJP/RSS. If this continues in a decade we will have a completely compromised Army not unlike the stani situation. This time the army will be full of RSS sympathizers will do undertake surgical strikes for;br/gt;The army must be left alone to perform what it considers necessary.Will the semi literate mes of India realise the harm being done? No! I fear not.
              1. V
                Oct 23, 2016 at 2:53 pm
                This guy party lost and want to revenge by giving mischevious ideas
                1. D
                  Dev Verma
                  Oct 23, 2016 at 1:25 pm
                  Anand sharma key Muh mein lulla !
                  1. M
                    M. Fazal
                    Oct 23, 2016 at 2:11 pm
                    Gibberish and a rant
                    1. F
                      Oct 23, 2016 at 3:05 pm
                      This s h i t t y IE news media is platform for people who want to comment against India. Politicians and readers - readers get "large points" for putting anti India comments lt;br/gt;The stupidest and bizarre essays "S h ek har Gu pta " writes to defend anti nationals proves the point.
                      1. S
                        Senior citizen
                        Oct 23, 2016 at 5:28 pm
                        The cong spokesperson who never won any election in his life time accept rubbing backside of his all the time now barking like a Bulldog without any teeth .....
                        1. S
                          Senior citizen
                          Oct 23, 2016 at 5:32 pm
                          dear indian express pls have some shame and stop these s.....Thry are writing anti indian comments all the time on your;br/gt;Learn something from your fellow;br/gt;Pls introspect ......
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                            Chandra Sekaran VT
                            Oct 23, 2016 at 2:30 pm
                            When we have such hugely useless congis who are a problem either when in power or out of it.But there is a very good solution.If Dr.Swamy is made as FM,with a free hand,keep Arun jaitely out of delhi ,may be as Governor,of nagaland ,then Dr.Swamy will FINISH CONGRESS FROM ITS ROOTS WHICH IS THE MONEY OF THIS COUNTRY AND GIVE IT TO GOOD CONGRESSMEN OF INDIA,Then Modi,andpeople of India can witness SONIA FREE CONGRESS,SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE BASED INDAI ECONOMY,MOSTLY RELYING ON OUR OWN MONEY.Dr.Swamy's Effort will breed a new India centric, people centric,and INDIA WILL BECOME A GREAT COUNTRY IT TRULY DESERVES TO BE WITH A TRUE SOCIALISM.Mr.Modi please wake up.
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                              Rock G
                              Oct 23, 2016 at 6:49 pm
                              Of course congress don't want the PM and others to talk about the surgical strikes, cos it makes congress look weak. They never had the courage to take such a bold step. Indians are happy and proud of the government and armed forces. Live with it for being gutless.
                              1. N
                                Oct 23, 2016 at 2:14 pm
                                Perfect political comment. Mr.Anand Sharma keep it up
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                                  P Balu
                                  Oct 23, 2016 at 8:06 pm
                                  Intolerance is sky high in India under the lowly communal thug Govt. They are capitalising on the Religion and Nationalism to boost the nasty party called BJP. All the really very bad people in India is given importance and a stage to vitiate the atmosphere. Under BJP, India will be another stan. Some already says that India is no different from stan. Congress has kept the country in the right lane for the last 6 decades. Bring them back with majority to save India from this abyss.
                                  1. S
                                    Oct 23, 2016 at 2:44 pm
                                    I agree that Dr Swamy should be made FM or somebody who can be a trans formative FM. Mr Jaitley while he has his own strengths, his forte is in law and his strength is prudence and communication. This is good if we just want status quo and going by the same road-map laid by UPA. But Government promised real change.
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                                      S Kumar
                                      Oct 23, 2016 at 4:57 pm
                                      Absolutely right. When the PM advised his party men not to do chest thumping, the defence minister and other senior leaders continued in different and varied styles to the extent of sounding ridiculous like the linking of RSS teachings with the Strikes/ strategy etc etc. Even the PM himself failed to contain himself as he chose to address a religious function on Dussehra in poll sensitive state of UP. Till today the celebrations are on, along side continued terrorist guerrilla attacks. The PM must now change the mood of his party men to that of matured and strategic restraint
                                      1. S
                                        Oct 23, 2016 at 2:32 pm
                                        this Govt is trying to divide India length and breadth. They believe intensely polarise India is good for getting few extra vote. NAMO and TEAM has continuously worked for this end. Feel pity for a Govt came to power with such a majority.
                                        1. L
                                          Oct 24, 2016 at 4:59 am
                                          The KHANgress a patient on the death-bed has opened it's eyes before departure Not in a position to do or even think clearly in such a condion is experiencing hallucinations POOR ANAND !!
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                                            Thrinethran T
                                            Oct 23, 2016 at 7:02 pm
                                            One voice? Congress spoke in many enemy voices, the worst being that of their VP.
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