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War of words over LoC firing, Cong calls for restraint as BJP seeks revenge

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Jan 15, 2013 at 11:47am IST

New Delhi: There seems to be a political war of words between the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over the killing of Indian soldiers by the Pakistan Army. Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Manish Tewari slammed senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj saying tactical response and not jingoism is the need of the hour.

"Professional armies respect rules of engagement. Transgressions are surmounted through tactical responses, not driven by jingoism," Manish Tewari tweeted. This came in response to Sushma Swaraj's statement, "If his (Hemraj's) head could not be brought back (from Pakistan), we should get at least 10 heads from their side." Sushma Swaraj also asked the Centre to take tough action against Pakistan.

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Meanwhile, National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon on Tuesday reached Swaraj's residence to brief the Opposition about the firing at the Line of Control. This came after Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh on Monday spoke to Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj. He assured them that the Opposition would be kept in loop over the situation.

He told them that National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon would brief them on Tuesday on the developments on the LoC where tension prevails ever since Indian soldier Lance Naik Hemraj was beheaded in an attack by Pakistani soldiers on January 8.

Sources said Singh told Jaitley, Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, and Swaraj, Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha, that nothing was being done which could not be communicated to the Opposition leaders. He said the Opposition would be kept in loop over the situation and appealed to them that the issue should not be politicised.

Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh and Hemraj were killed on January 8 by the Pakistan Army regulars after infiltrating into Indian territory in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir. "Today, the nation is demanding don't prove a weak government. They (Pak Army) came on the LoC, killed our soldier and took away his head with them and there should be no reaction...this should not be tolerated at any cost," she said.

Swaraj had alleged the government showed lack of respect to the martyr and demanded an apology. "The government should apologise for the apathy. They should apologise to the family of the soldier and the country. But they should at the same time take revenge for the incident which took place," she said.

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