June 1999 News

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Pilot calls for decisive war with Pakistan

24 June 1999
Daily Excelsior


R S PURA, June 24: Offering full support to the Central Government at this crucial juncture, former Internal Security Minister and senior Congress leader Mr Rajesh Pilot today asked the Government to give free hand to the army to give befitting reply to mischievous acts of Pakistan.

Addressing a rally at this border town, Mr Pilot said that it was a high time to launch a decisive war with Pakistan. "For the last ten years Pakistan has been importing bloodshed and violence in the Jammu and Kashmir State", he said and emphasised on the need of a final war with Pakistan.

"We have made our every possible effort to maintain peace in this sub-continent", he said while recalling goodwill gesture of successive Indian Government. "Except breaching peace and back-stabbing, Pakistan has done nothing to improve relations with India", he regretted and favoured strong military action to teach a lesson to the ‘peace-breacher’ neighbour. "Since 1947 we have been preaching peace but unfortunately our neighbour taking it otherwise", he said and added that time has been ripe to show our muscles to those who are taking us as weak.

Reiterating Congress’s commit-

tment to offer full support and cooperation to the Central Government to face war-like situation, Mr Pilot asked all political parties to iron out their differences at this hour of need. "There is no question of party politics, country is very much above the party", he said and asked the Congress workers to cooperate with Government to deal war like situation.

"We will get enough time in future to settle score with our political opponents", he advised the Congress workers and added Congress will grill this Government after completion of the Operation Vijay. "We had been in Government for more than 45 years and have every information what blunders have been committed by this Government with the security of the nation", he asserted but said that Congress would not raise any of that question at this juncture.

"When the entire nation is rallied behind this Government, non-serious and childish statements of Ministers have been creating confusion in the entire country", he regretted and asked the Ministers to give up confusing statements for two months. "Not only armed forces, even general public has been demoralised by the childish utterances of the Ministers", he said and asked the Prime Minister to keep a check on them.

Defending their decision to support Government, Congress Working Committee (CWC) member, made it clear that they were not supporting BJP Government but an Indian Government who is fighting with the Pakistani intruders. "The prevailing conditions are worst than that had been witnessed in 1965 and 1971 wars", he said and asked Congress workers to intensify efforts to maintain brotherhood in the region.

Mr Rajesh Pilot appreciated statements of the G-8 nation in general and USA in particular but described these statements as ‘mild’.

‘Though America has condemned Pakistani intrusion on the Indian soil but at the same time they have not strongly asked the Pakistan to vacate the Indian land", he said while raising apprehension about the role of USA in this crises. He, however, asked the Central Government to use services of the all political parties and exploit all diplomatic channel to put country’s case before the world.

Mr Pilot took strong exception of the statement of the Pakistan’s Foreign Minister, Mr Sartaz Aziz in which he challenged marking of Line of Control.

Highlighting woes of the border people who have migrated to the safer places due to the Pakistani firing, Mr Pilot assured border people that he would bring their problems in the notice of the concerned authorities.

Paying tributes to the Kargil martyrs, Mr Pilot announced that every District Congress Committee has been asked to collect Rs 1 lac for the martyrs.

Bharat Mata Ke Jai and Kargil Kay Saheed Amar Rahen rented in the air as hundreds of people of this border town shouted patriotic slogans after repeated intervals.

Others who addressed the rally included Mr Mangat Ram Sharma, Dharam Pal Sharma, Raman Bhalla, Ch Gharu Ram and others.

Mr Rajesh Pilot earlier visited the family of Kargil Martyr Maj Ajay Singh Jasrotia at Gandhi Nagar

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