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Need planning, not emotion: MoS VK Singh on action after Uri attack

"The action has to be taken without getting influenced by emotions, anger. It has to be taken coolly and with proper planning,” Union Minister of State Gen (retd) V K Singh was quoted as saying by PTI.

Written by Liz Mathew | New Delhi | Updated: September 20, 2016 8:18 am
uri, uri attack, V K Singh, Uri terrorist Attack, terrorist Attack, kashmir terrorist Attack, narendra modi, narendra modi uri attack, india news PM Modi, Rajnath Singh at a review meeting in New Delhi, Monday. PTI

EVEN AS the Opposition sought strong action against Pakistan over the Uri attack, there was a visible toning down of rhetoric ,on retaliation, from the BJP and the government on Monday.

In the government, ministers avoided taking hawkish positions. “The Kashmir situation needs to be thought about. The action has to be taken without getting influenced by emotions, anger. It has to be taken coolly and with proper planning,” Union Minister of State Gen (retd) V K Singh was quoted as saying by PTI.

Jitendra Singh, MoS in the PMO, who on Sunday called for introspection and an effective strategy to deter such attacks in future, said today that the government would take the right decision at the right time. “The entire country wants that we respond to it, and the home ministry and defence ministry will decide on the strategy to be adopted. The right decision will be taken at the right time. The government will take a decision taking into consideration all aspects. It will be in the interest of the nation and keeping in mind the sentiments of 125 crore Indians,” said Singh on Monday.

“We will have to redeem the sacrifices of our brave soldiers in whatever way decided. On the issue of national security, I think all political parties stand united. If there is anyone who feels otherwise, they will have to answer to the nation,” he said. His ministerial colleague, Kiren Rijijju, MoS, Home Affairs, said: “We must not pay heed to Pakistan’s reaction. Everything is in front of the people. We will take our next steps carefully. It does not matter what Pakistan says.”

The BJP was equally restrained. A day after its senior leader Ram Madhav sought “for one tooth, the complete jaw”, the ruling party on Monday tried to strike a balance between the hawkish stand and the practical approach the government has to take before considering any action against the neighboring country. Party leaders said the government has to exercise restraint even as its cadres and political compulsions force it to take a hard position.

BJP leaders refused to comment on Madhav’s remark about the days of strategic restraint being over. “Facebook posts and tweets are individual views,” said a spokesperson. “We know the government is serious. But we can’t decide what action or approach it should take,” said a senior party leader. “Modi is serious about the response,” he added.

“While India gave many chances, Pakistan kept closing all doors of peace. It looks like Pakistan does not want peace and compromise. But we can’t say how we would respond. There are different ways — diplomatically, economically or through the Armed Forces. We have not tied the hands of the Army. The Army is free to take steps and the government will stand by it. Diplomatically, isolating Pakistan at the international forum is one way, and naming and shaming it for the terrorist activities is another way. From our side, the government has already been working on the three-tier fencing of the LoC,” said BJP national secretary Siddharth Nath Singh. However, he added: “You don’t have to speak to act.”

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According to BJP leaders, the party is keen to see that the government takes “strong action” at various levels. Pointing out that the government is left without any option after it allowed Pakistani officials to visit the Pathankot air base after the attack there, a BJP leader said the government would “definitely take some action.”

Outlining the options, he said the government could target the training camps in PoK. “Another option is to weaken those who receive the militants/ infiltrators inside our soil. So the Hurriyat and other separatists should face pressure. The government will not leave any loose ends here,” he said.

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  1. W
    Sep 19, 2016 at 10:30 pm
    Chanakyan should be reincarnated. So RSS TERRORISTS have asked all its branches to conduct deadly poojas all over the country. Since temples will not allow RSS TERRORISTS inside, they have been asked to first forcefully occupy temples and do the reincarnation pooja. Then they hope the Chanakyan dog will raise from the grave. Then stan will be attacked. Please dislike!
    1. J
      Sep 20, 2016 at 5:12 am
      Mostly AAptard dogs like panghal are barking anti national bytes after Uri. Let's not forget that
      1. K
        Sep 20, 2016 at 12:47 am
        stan is emboldened by china,s support now a days. stan is thinking that India will be attacked from both sides.it si under the illusion that it will gain upper hand over India.the root cause lies in the preachings of Islamic clerics who every preach in their mosques to convert India in to Islamic state by increasing their potion and demand separate state. The problem will not be solved by giving pak,Bangladesh,Kashmir.it will only be solved by merging Kashmir,stan.
        1. N
          Nalin Talwar
          Sep 20, 2016 at 2:00 am
          What have these buggers done post Kargil. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Only getting time bound promotion's post Kargil and crying for more pay hikes and facilities. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Planning seems to be left behind.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Wakeup call Generals concentrate on your primary task than crying on TV and other channels
          1. N
            Sep 20, 2016 at 5:28 am
            Identify all the terror training camps and their mastermind in the cool off period.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Once the Intel is confirmed and verified authorize surgical strikes/covert operations.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Strike the terrorist within stan territory.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;While the operation is being carried out let US and Russia know the status of operation as they are big boss no 1 and no 2 and needed to neutralize the nuclear threat from stan.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Repeat this process until all the terrorist and their camps are destro.
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