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‘No point talking, hit back’ at Pakistan, says BJP MP R K Singh

There is no point talking to Pakistan because “whenever we talk, they launch attacks”, says Lok Sabha MP and former Union Home Secretary R K Singh.

Written by Liz Mathew | New Delhi | Published: July 30, 2016 1:09:58 am
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India should hit back at Pakistan since there is enough evidence to show the neighbouring country’s involvement in sponsoring terrorism in this country and the government should not talk to Islamabad, BJP Lok Sabha MP and former Union Home Secretary R K Singh said in the House Friday.

Referring to recent terror attacks, including the ones in Pathankot and Kashmir, Singh said it has been clear that Pakistan’s army is involved in these incidents, and that these terrorists are trained in Pakistan and sent to India.

“There is no point talking to them (Pakistan) because whenever we talk, they launch attacks — like in Pathankot, or the series of incidents in Kashmir…. The government should find a way to retaliate and hit back at Pakistan,” Singh said.

Nominated Anglo-Indian MP Richard Hay raised the issue of Indian youths getting involved with the Islamic State
(IS) and groups linked to the terror outfit. Quoting reports, he said 23 Indians are fighting for IS groups and
said that the government should investigate to find out who is motivating these young people to join the ranks of

“The government should try to deradicalise these youths and take steps to monitor the cyberspace so that they do not get distracted,” Hay said.

BJP MP Bhagirath Prasad asked the government to conduct all-India judicial service examination to appoint judges in Supreme Court and the High Courts, while another party MP asked the government to name a set of government schemes and programmes after Hindutva ideologue Vinayak Damodar Savarkar. Raising the issue of judicial service examination, Prasad said, “It will ensure impartial judiciary and help do away with the present controversial process of appointment of judges.”

Fellow BJP member Anju Bala Devi wanted the government to remember Savarkar’s contribution to India’s freedom struggle and name a few programmes and roads after him. Kairana MP Hukum Singh urged the government to check adulteration in honey byproducts coming from China stating that it affects thousands of honeybee farmers in his constituency.

NCP’s Dhananjay Mahadik raised the issue of restrictions on spending of MP Local Area Development (MPLAD) funds. At present, he said, there are restrictions on constructing a community hall in a constituency if there is already a community hall built by a former MP, and a second floor cannot be constructed to the exisiting hall. Such restrictions need a re-look because amenities should keep pace with the growing population, he said.

CPM’s Jitendra Chaudhary wanted the government to compensate families of tribals and villagers who died in police firing in Kandhamal, Odisha. Chaudhary, an MP from Tripura, said people from tribal communities in the state live in pathetic conditions without even the basic facilities available to them.

Ramesh Bidhuri of BJP said doctors with degrees in other medical disciplines, besides allopathy, should be allowed to practice, as MBBS doctors do not pay attention to the poor patients. He insisted that there are registered medical practitioners with degrees in different disciplines of medicines from various states, and that 40,000 such doctors have been disallowed by the government from practising.

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