Saying that the days of “restraint” are over, two senior BJP leaders associated with J&K on Sunday called for a decisive response to the terror attack in Uri.
“For one tooth, the complete jaw,” wrote Ram Madhav, the BJP general secretary and the party’s pointsman for the state, on his Facebook page.
Not responding would be “cowardice”, said Union Minister of State, PMO, Jitendra Singh, MP from Udhampur in Jammu.
“The Prime Minister has promised that those behind the Uri terror attack will not go unpunished. That should be the way forward. For one tooth, the complete jaw,” Ram Madhav wrote.
Asserting that “the days of so-called strategic restraint are over”, he said, “If terrorism is the instrument of the weak and coward, restraint in the face of repeated terror attacks betrays inefficiency and incompetence. India should prove otherwise.”
BJP president Amit Shah said India’s fight against terrorism had reached a “decisive stage” and the Modi government was moving in the right direction. “Pakistan is trying to cause instability in India by constantly trying to lend support to terrorism and terrorist outfits. India has been constantly fighting against terrorism and this fight is now at a decisive stage,” he said in a statement.
Shah also lamented “the martyrdom of the brave sons of India” and said he prayed for their souls to rest in peace.
Calling the Uri terror attack “a disturbing moment and a moment of introspection”, MoS Singh said, “We have known long enough who are behind sponsoring terrorism against India, particularly in Jammu and Kashmir. I think the time has come to call their bluff and give them a befitting reply… I am not one bit in favour of responding with cowardice… I think simply calling it an act of cowardice does not suffice, because not responding would also be cowardice… Those who tend to put India’s security or India’s confidence to test would be given a befitting response.”
Both Madhav and Singh refrained from naming Pakistan in their statements. Refusing to specify what a “befitting” response would be, Singh said, “I don’t have to spell out that in public. I am sure the Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Home Affairs would come out with an effective strategy.”
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The Union minister said the nation could never repay the jawans for their sacrifices. “It is time for all of us to put our heads together and devise an effective strategy to deter such attacks in future. I feel shattered over the loss of 17 precious lives of our brave soldiers.”
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Asking opposition parties to forget their political differences and respond to the “call of the nation”, Singh also took a dig at human rights activists who he said “try to ignore the killing of soldiers by terrorists”. An Indian soldier is as much entitled to human rights as anybody else, he said.
Condemning the Uri attack and offering condolences for the soldiers who died, the RSS sought “firm and conclusive” action. “The terrorists, their masters and supporters should be dealt with firmly and conclusively,” RSS general secretary Suresh Bhaiyyaji Joshi, the second-in-command of the organisation, said.