Speaking off the camera to journalists in the national capital, the PM when asked about options vis-a-vis Pakistan, said, “it cannot be discussed in the open.”
However, talking in a tough language, he added, “Those responsible for this crime (of mutilating soldiers' bodies) will have to be brought to book.” Asked about Pakistan being in denial mode, Manmohan Singh said, “I hope Pakistan realises this".
The brutal killing and beheading of two Indian soldiers by the Pakistani Army has left the nation shocked and outraged. In fact the Pakistanis after beheading the two soldiers carried the head of Lance Naik Hemraj along with them. The family of the Lance Naik has been since then asking the government to put pressure on Pakistani authorities to return the head of the martyr.
The Prime Minister had yesterday talked to senior BJP leaders Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley and assured them of keeping the Opposition in loop about decisions relating to Pakistan. The saffron party had criticised the PM for his silence on the contentious issue and not sending a strong message to Pakistan.
Meanwhile, the Army Chief Bikram chief while addressing the press yesterday did talk in a tough language, warning Pakistan of similar consequences. Without mincing words he said that ‘India reserved the right to retaliate at the time and place of its choosing’.