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Take firm action and isolate Pakistan: BJP tells PM

Even before UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav could find time from his ‘tedious schedule’ to meet the family of the martyred jawan from his State Lance Naik Hemraj, BJP leaders Nitin Gadkari, Sushma Swaraj and Rajnath Singh met the family in Mathura on Monday and expressed their solidarity.

Speaking to reporters in Mathura, Gadkari said, “It is time for the Prime Minster to take firm action against Pakistan. This issue should be taken to the international forum and Pakistan should be isolated from the rest of the world.

“This incident has left a bad precedent for the whole country. Whatever the Pakistani troops have done, it should be condemned at the international level. It is sad that the Pakistan government is reacting in a way which is very upsetting.

“I hope the Pakistan government apologises for this incident to the whole world. I expect the Government of India to take this up in the United Nations. We should raise the issue in international platforms to isolate Pakistan…The Prime Minister should not keep quiet,” he told reporters in Khairair.

He said such an inhuman incident is a shame for the whole world. “The Government should take stern steps,” he said, adding that if the Pakistan Government has little sense of humanity, then it should apologise.”

Gadkari said BJP will continue to pressurise the Government to play a “stronger role”, take a “strong stand” and exert adequate pressure on the Pakistan government.

Asked about the family’s condition, he said he shares the sentiments of the family and that it is not just the family, but the entire country that demands action against Pakistan that has time and again violated the ceasefire agreement.

Meanwhile, Rajnath Singh demanded that India should call its High Commissioner to Pakistan back and stop all confidence building measures (CBMs). “Pakistan does not want peace. It has been stubborn. All cricket and Bollywood diplomacy should stop,” he said.

According to sources, there have been nine ceasefire violations this year, which means in less than a month.

(With inputs from PTI)

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