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.

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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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