Sonia,Rahul say govt should take ‘appropriate steps’

Terming the killing of the five Indian soldiers by Pakistan on the Line of Control as a “blatant act of deceit”,Congress president Sonia Gandhi Tuesday asked the government to “take appropriate measures”

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:August 7, 2013 3:51 am

Terming the killing of the five Indian soldiers by Pakistan on the Line of Control as a “blatant act of deceit”,Congress president Sonia Gandhi Tuesday asked the government to “take appropriate measures” even as the party made it clear that it would be “very hasty” to talk about calling off the bilateral talks with Islamabad.

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi too asked the government to take steps at the highest level in the wake of the attack. Neither Sonia nor Rahul,however,elaborated on what the “appropriate measures” entail.

Mindful of the public anger the attack could generate and knowing well that the opposition could utilise the issue to attack the government in the coming days,the Congress president was quick to express outrage and demand an appropriate response.

Sonia said the “Indian nation could not be cowed down by such blatant acts of deceit”. She expressed shock at the “deceitful killing” and said the Congress stands by the families of the slain soldiers in their hour of grief.

The Congress,however,indicated it was too early to talk about cancellation of talks with Pakistan. Asked to respond on the BJP’s demand,party spokesperson Bhakta Charan Das said he was not willing to get drawn into that debate now.

“Whether talks should go on or not,I am not going to comment. But the BJP should not forget that even before Kargil war happened what was happening… talks were going on. What was the compulsion,” he asked in a clear reference to A B Vajpayee’s visit to Pakistan before the Kargil war.

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