New Delhi: Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Thursday said that her party stands with the government in its actions to protect the country’s security and to deal with the menace of terrorism from across the border. In a statement, Gandhi said, “This is a strong message that conveys our country’s resolve to prevent further infiltration and attacks on our security forces and our people.”
Dr Nirmal Singh, J&K Deputy Chief Minister:
“Pak was behaving like a terrorist state; befitting reply was needed. These strikes boosted morale of our Army.”
Raj Babbar, UP Congress president:
“If our Army has taken a decision, the whole nation will support them.”
Shashi Tharoor, Congress leader:
“I am very proud of the Indian Army, the real message has been sent to Pakistan. Well done.”
Shahnawaz Hussain, BJP leader:
“This is a lesson for all terrorists; we have the right to self defence.”
“The party hopes that Pakistan will recognise that it bears a great responsibility in the continuing cross-border terrorist attacks against India. The party expects that Pakistan will take effective action to dismantle the infrastructure of terrorism that it has supported and it ensures that its territory and the territory under its control is not used for terrorist purposes against India,” said Gandhi.
The Congress Party had earlier this week demanded the government to convene a special Parliament session to discuss the security situation in the aftermath of the terrorists attack on Uri.
“The Congress Party congratulates the armed forces on the success of the operation and offers its support to the government in our country’s continuing battle against cross-border terrorism,” said the Congress president.
Other party leaders also hailed the surgical strikes. “We congratulate the Indian army for undertaking surgical strikes on terror launch pads. We stand completely behind our Armed Forces,” Ahmed Patel, political secretary to Congress President, tweeted.
Echoing similar feelings, party’s chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said, “INC wholeheartedly supports the surgical strike on terror pads in PaK by Indian Army. Salute the valour of our armed forces.”