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.

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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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    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.
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      Janho
      Oct 23, 2016 at 2:02 pm
      Indian Express is following Rahul hi's self-destruct strategy by promoting articles like this.lt;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 Barkha.lt;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 reality.lt;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.
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        MyTake
        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!!
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          SubbuI
          Oct 23, 2016 at 5:25 pm
          HALLO,DO NOT TRUST NALAYAK NMODI.ALL HIS ADVICE HIS SANGHI COLLEAGUES THAT NOT TO DO CHEST THUMPING IS DUBIOUS IN NATURElt;br/gt;THIS FEKU IS PLAYING ",GOOD COPand BAD COP GAME. ie GOOD COP COMING AT THE END OF CLIMAX.
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            Anand
            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 them.lt;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.
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                vivian
                Oct 23, 2016 at 2:53 pm
                This guy party lost and want to revenge by giving mischevious ideas
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                  Dev Verma
                  Oct 23, 2016 at 1:25 pm
                  Anand sharma key Muh mein lulla !
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