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It is not proper to do politics on such a sensitive issue: Congress

Tuesday, 15 January 2013 - 7:41pm IST | Agency: PTI
Congress criticized BJP leader Sushma Swaraj's "heads-for-head" remarks saying "it is not proper to do politics on such a sensitive issue.

Congress criticized BJP leader Sushma Swaraj's "heads-for-head" remarks saying "it is not proper to do politics on such a sensitive issue.

Asked to comment on Swaraj's remarks yesterday that India should get at least ten heads from the other side if Pakistan does not return the head of martyred soldier Hemraj, Congress spokesman Rashid Alvi said while there is no doubt that India will "it is not proper to give this kind of statement or to do politics on the issue in this manner".

He said her statement was "inappropriate" and BJP should "not do politics" on such a senstitive issue.

Alvi's remarks to reporters came on a day when While Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari cautioned against "jingoism" on the issue.

Alvi sidestepped questions on whether it visualises the repeat of a Kargil-like conflict in the wake of the beheading of an Indian soldier

"No one can say what will happen in future. We are ready to face all kinds of situations. We do not want war and want friendship," he said responding to a question on whether Congress is bracing for a Kargil-like situation that was witnessed during NDA rule in 1999.

Asked about Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's statement that there cannot be business as usual with Pakistan after this barbaric act of beheading the Indian soldier and those responsible for this crime (of mutilating soldiers' bodies) will have to be brought to book, Alvi said government is keeping a watch on the borders and the prevailing situation and will take a decsision after examining all aspects.

The Congress spokesperson, however, refused to speak on the internal trouble in Pakistan saying it was their internal matter.


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