Pathankot attack: Congress targets PM, BJP says talks can’t be ‘destroyed’ due to one attack

Suspected JeM terrorists from Pakistan on Saturday struck at an Air Force base in Pathankot in Punjab killing four of the attackers in the operation that lasted more than five hours.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: January 3, 2016 7:19 am
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In the wake of the Pathankot terror attack, the Congress has raised concerns about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s handling of the country’s internal security and its affairs with Pakistan.

“It is a very serious matter as seven days after PM Modi visited Pakistan to meet his counterpart Nawaz Sharif, a terrorist module comes from Pakistan, attacks Punjab and our frontline security installation,” said AICC communication department chief Randeep Surjewala.

He added that this points towards the fact that despite the PM’s visit to Pakistan, ISI continues to sustain and support terror activities against India.

Read | Pathankot LIVE: Manohar Parrikar meets Service chiefs, NSA Doval

Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma said the attack showed that Modi’s engagement with Sharif did not have the “unequivocal endorsement” of the entire Pakistan establishment, including the ISI.

“Certain concerns were expressed and caution given by us…but those were dismissed as partisan criticism,” he said. He said his party was not against engagement with Pakistan, “but theatrics is not a substitute for serious diplomacy”.

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The BJP shot back, accusing the Congress of “politicising” the terror attack. “When the whole nation is standing with the security forces, Congress is singing a different tune. It is very unfortunate and we condemn it,” Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said.

He said that the resumed dialogue with Pakistan will continue despite the attack adding, “unless you talk terror, terror will not come down”. He pointed out that after Modi’s recent Lahore visit, the onus was on Pakistan to fulfil its promise made to India in 2004 that it will not allow its land to be used for fostering terrorism.

“This process (talks) cannot be destroyed due to one attack… Pakistan is our neighbour. You cannot change your neighbour, you can change friends and therefore we must continue with the talks, but talks have to be mainly on the issue of terrorism and that’s exactly what India is doing,” said Javadekar.

CPI said the attack must not derail talks and urged India and Pakistan not to fall into the “trap of provocation” by terror outfits.

Bid to undo PM’s effort: Prakash Singh Badal

Bhagwal: Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal said the attack was an attempt to disrupt the peace initiative launched by PM Narendra Modi with his visit to Pakistan. He said Modi’s efforts should have been reciprocated with friendship but the response from across the border needs to be condemned by the global community.

 

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    Aj1481
    Jan 3, 2016 at 12:08 pm
    Dumb guys here listen up.. if south asia comes together, america gets weak.. modi is building alliance with all of aisa.. and its our best defence against china too... America supplies arms to these terrorists... and who do u think benefits most out of india stan enmity? Just think before u question a masterstroke.. done by nda... America is stumbling, trying all sorts of things.. even cancelling indian student visas....
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    1. मनीष
      Jan 3, 2016 at 5:32 am
      Every time when India is terrorized by stanis, Indian Muslims have provided support to those stani terrorists. Enough is enough. Excluding the SICKulars, any Indian who wants to contribute to the war against terrorism in India, should stop buying things made in an Islamic country and stop doing business with a Muzzie owned store/business. You have to act!
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      1. मनीष
        Jan 3, 2016 at 4:39 am
        Every time when India is terrorized by stanis, Indian Muslims have provided support to those stani terrorists. Enough is enough. Excluding the SICKulars, any one in India wants to contribute to this war against terrorism in India, should stop buying things made in an Islamic country and stop doing business with a Muzzie owned store/business.
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          Pratap
          Jan 2, 2016 at 5:02 pm
          Dear Indians don't believe on Congress , these guies are always ready to influence people
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            Rattihallirao
            Jan 3, 2016 at 12:31 am
            How many terrorist attacks are reqd to urge stan? Count in finger tips or note down the occurrences. Just maligning political parties will not help. People at the helm of affairs must take suitable actions instead of drubbing the comments.
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              Rattihallirao
              Jan 3, 2016 at 5:16 am
              How many terrorist attacks do we need to call it a day?
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                Anil Tandale
                Jan 3, 2016 at 2:50 pm
                Predictable comments from Congress, which brought shame to the nation since 1947. Nehru converted domestic issue into international by taking JandK to UNO, by preventing Indian Army to push back aggressors. Nehru and Krishna Menon brought national humiliation in 1962 at the hands of China because Congress and Communists believed that inferiority to enemies is a blessing. The military gains in 1965 and 1971 were surrendered unconditionally. During Kargil in 1999, daily pinpricks were uttered by Congress spokespersons. Congress criticizes NDA for Kandhar hijack and exchanges, but it has given election tickets to the Indian Airlines hijackers.Congress created porous borders and changed demography in am. Every treachery is touted as victory of secularism. Unless Congress - Communist ideology is uprooted and destro, the nation cannot regain self respect.
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                  laxmi
                  Jan 3, 2016 at 4:22 am
                  In the w news, the Punjab CM Prakash Singh Badal's comments are rational and logical.Others only try to prove PM Modi wrong. Terrorists are attacking the innocent people all over the world. Somebody should be there to raise the voice.Mr. Modi is trying to solve the issue.Now terrorists are infiltrating from our borders at the time when BJP was not keeping any kind of talk with stan.Our Govt can not keep quiet for long, so some actions are being taken.Every country appreciate PM's move after his surprise visit to stan.There were more attacks happened in the past when Congress was the ruling party.They forget about the intensity of attacks at that time.
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                    SK
                    Jan 4, 2016 at 3:43 am
                    Congress is trying to get something out of nothing. In 2008 there were so many attacks but there was only one answer by Shivraj Patil " HOJI has done it" until 26/11 when proved he is totally incompetent was removed. By the way where is Rahul disappeared It is being said he often goes to Europe for treatment I think Surjiwala should shed some light on that.
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                      Avanish Balaji
                      Jan 3, 2016 at 7:44 am
                      Ok don't halt peace process. But definitely carry out surgical strike on the terrorist camps from where these people came. stan cannot halt this . Bcoz if they were to halt then they are supporting this act. No peace process can go on. The ball is in stan's side my friend. And if u cannot think this then really I did a mistake of thinking modi as a strong prime minister.
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                        Avinash
                        Jan 3, 2016 at 12:48 am
                        Agree...We want to believe BJP and Modi. Modi had said while not in power - "stan ko usi ki bhasha me jawab dena chahiye...Ye love letter likhna band karna chahiye". Now India want to believe Modi...Where is action?
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                          Avinash
                          Jan 3, 2016 at 12:54 am
                          When Congress was in rule, they used to take a soft stand and BJP used to scream at top decibel. Now, the so called strong and nationalist leader is back from a short love affair and so far has shown a similar stand like congress...Congress question is natural. It is BJP - who has to do and face volley of questions,
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                            Bijan Mohanty
                            Jan 3, 2016 at 4:10 pm
                            Because you people are paid to write, you think the w world is paid to write. Ha,Ha,Ha!!!!
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                              Bijan Mohanty
                              Jan 3, 2016 at 11:36 am
                              Modi's handling of internal security is horribly bad. Has he got any spare time to ponder over internal security ? Half of his time is consumed by foreign tour and another half by election speeches.
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                                BM Singh
                                Jan 4, 2016 at 2:34 am
                                Indian Express before giving opportunity to Congress to vent their ire through this column, should provide a link to readers to review congress achievement in this area for last 60 years. Freedom of speech should not be abused to ignore the history. IE talks of journilism of courage, however their day to day working does not exhibit that. IE is as commercial as any other business run media.
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                                  Kaliyug
                                  Jan 3, 2016 at 6:12 pm
                                  Congress is trying to get political mileage out of nothing, they are the biggest supporters of Muslims inside India, who have a large amount of people who have helped stan. India should punish Muslims who are helping stan, all these terrorists just did not walk with all the ammunition and guns without local help, support, money and materials.
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                                    countk99
                                    Jan 3, 2016 at 6:08 am
                                    Where are the critics of Intolerance sickular people? why are they not coming out now? Where is Aamir khan? seems he does't care when India is attacked by terrorists? Why would a traitor responded to terrorists attack!! its understandable. What happened to Shah Rukh khan and Tagore's? Why their mouths are shut now? why they are not speaking out on stan?
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                                      Curious Human
                                      Jan 2, 2016 at 1:01 pm
                                      did they provided condolence to the sufferer or directly shoed their character
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                                        Alibhai
                                        Jan 3, 2016 at 4:42 am
                                        Congress forgets that Shiv Sena which is a BJP ally was openly against this gesture of friendship. Congress too has hardly been friendly to Mr Modi's hard work to make this nation stand tall being largely driven by agenda to stall measures to bring the crooks to the book.
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                                          din
                                          Jan 4, 2016 at 10:28 pm
                                          ABOUT time they are punched on FACE hard
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                                            din
                                            Jan 4, 2016 at 10:26 pm
                                            Surjewala knows nothing better to do, CONGRESS, why can’t he just shut it and is try to be over wise by displaying his and his party’s failed ideology, his Master Mr Modi knows better for long time solution he should advice his own party to stop playing with Indian Muslims and DO NOT dare think of communalise, politicize or fuc*size and stay at home and watch tv
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