New Delhi [India] May 4 (ANI): Condemning Pakistan's denial of charges put by India of mutilating two of the latter's soldiers, the Congress Party on Thursday said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) should come up with a strong retaliation otherwise it would prove to be the weakest government till date.
"There is a situation which is totally out of control. We saw that two Indian soldiers were beheaded by the Pakistani forces and their bodies were mutilated. We don't hear anything from our Prime Minister. The government should be able to rise up to the occasion and retaliate in strongest possible manner, otherwise this will be the weakest government in the country till date," Congress leader P.C. Chacko told ANI.
He further said that there is a total lack of policy towards Pakistan by the BJP Government.
"Today the government is not able to respond to the situation. The valuable lives of our soldiers are being lost for no reason," he asserted.
Echoing similar views, another Congress leader Randeep Surjewala said that the BJP's strategy does not seem clear in terms of tackling with the current issues.
"Currently in Pakistan, more than 65 terrorist camps are spreading their wings which are pushing militants inside our border. I don't understand what strategy the BJP is making to tackle these issues. Sometimes they invite ISIS in Pathankot or visit Pakistan without invitation and the next day they talk of taking revenge from them," Surjewala added.
He asserted that the people want to know when the Indian Army will be given free hand so that the soldiers can be protected.
Defence Minister Arun Jaitley yesterday said Pakistan's denial of any cross Line of Control movement by its troops and mutilation of Indian soldiers' carries no credibility.
Jaitley said, "The denial itself carries no credibility because the entire gambit of circumstances clearly indicates that this barbaric act of first killing two of our soldiers and then neutralising their bodies has been carried out with the active participation of the army."
"The facts that cover firings are provided to those who carry out this act. They help to escape on such a heavily guarded border where posts are in few meters of each other. This cannot happen without protection, participation or actual indulgence of the army itself," he added.
New Delhi yesterday summoned Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit and lodged a protest against the killing and mutilation of Indian Army soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir.
"Foreign Secretary summoned Pakistan High Commissioner, conveyed India's outrage, demands action against Pakistan soldiers and commanders responsible," Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MEA) official spokesperson Gopal Baglay said in a tweet.
The Pakistan Army has denied India's charge of mutilating two of the latter's soldiers and described itself as a highly professional force that never disrespects any soldier.
"Pakistan Army did not commit any ceasefire violation on the LoC or a BAT action in the Buttal sector (Indian Krishna Ghati Sector) as alleged by India. Indian blame of mutilating Indian soldiers' bodies is also false," the Inter Services Public Relation (ISPR) said in a statement.
However, the Indian Army in its statement said, "Pakistan Army carried out unprovoked Rocket and Mortar firing on two forward posts on the line of control in Krishna Ghati Sector. Simultaneously, a BAT action was launched on a patrol operating in between the two posts. In an unsoldierly act by the Pak Army the bodies of two of our soldiers in the patrol were mutilated. Such despicable act of Pakistan Army will be appropriately responded." (ANI)