Jan 3: An editorial published in the mouthpiece of Shiv Sena – Saamana – took on Centre on Tuesday and questioned the government over its will to teach Pakistan a lesson.
The editorial wrote: “Our soldiers have the courage along with a 56-inch chest and are ready to face the enemy while taking bullets upon themselves. But the moot question remains if there is a political will in Delhi to teach Pakistan a lesson.”
Earlier, General Bipin Rawat had said that his force is ready for a two-front war at the same time with Pakistan and China. However, he highlighted that we should cooperate with Beijing and not get into any confrontation.
The country has lost most of its jawans in the Kashmir Valley in the last two-and-a-half years, the NDA constituent pointed out, and asked if there is a need to remain silent when Pakistan refuses to end the bloodshed.
“For how many years do we keep bearing the sword of insecurity hanging over our heads? Pakistan has indulged in ceasefire violations hundreds of times in the last two years and attacked Army check posts,” the Sena said.
“Sometime back, India conducted surgical strikes across the LoC to show its strength to the neighbouring nation. But, contrary to claims that Pakistan would learn a lesson, more than 70 soldiers were martyred due to terror-related activities,” it said.
“Soldiers are sacrificing their lives without going into war. If the new Army chief uses his tenure to stop deaths of soldiers and give them respect, the nation will be more thankful to him,” the Sena said.
Care should be taken that the Army chief’s statement of flexing muscles should not become a joke in future, it added.