Ironic that we don’t have a full-time Defence Minister: Congress

Congress leader Manish Tewari lashed out at the Centre over the lack of a full-time Defence Minister.

Published: 02nd May 2017 04:08 PM  |   Last Updated: 02nd May 2017 04:08 PM   |  A+A-

Former Union minister Manish Tewari (File | PTI)


NEW DELHI: A day after Pakistan forces mutilated bodies of two Indian soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir's Krishna Ghati sector, Congress leader Manish Tewari lashed out at the Centre over the lack of a full time Defence Minister

“The irony of this situation is that, India does not have a full-time Defence Minister and he does not seem serious after all that has happened in the country,” Tewari told ANI.

Tewari further stated that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should realize the sensitivity of the situation and gets his act together. 
“The government seems to be losing control over this country, it is high time Prime Minister realizes the sensitivity of the situation and gets his act together. Issues like, soldiers being mutilated on the LOC, news about Kulbhushan Jadhav, Kashmir which is out of control and Sukma attack- there is no retribution or action taken on these matters yet. Does the government have an answer for this?,” said Tewari.

Earlier on Monday, the Pakistan's brutal Border Action Team (BAT) again mutilated the bodies of two Indian soldiers on Monday in Krishna Ghati sector along the Line of Control, where they had beheaded Lance Naik Hemraj in 2013.
The Indian Army confirmed the involvement of the BAT in the gruesome act beheading Indian soldier.
"Pak Army carried out unprovoked rocket and mortar firing on two forward posts on the Line of Control in the Krishna Ghati sector.
Simultaneously, a BAT action was launched on a patrol operating in between the two posts. In a unsoldierly act by the Pak Army, the bodies of two of our soldiers in the patrol were mutilated. Such despicable act of Pakistan Army will be appropriately responded," read the Indian Army's statement.
It is the same Krishna Ghati sector where the Pakistani BAT had beheaded Lance Naik Hemraj and badly severed the head of Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh of 13 Rajputana Rifles, on January 8, 2013.

Indian Army killed terrorist Anwar Khan in August 2015 in Poonch area of Jammu and Kashmir. He was part of a 15 member team of Lashkar and Jaish terrorists in the BAT team that killed Hemraj and Sudhakar.

In fact, the BAT is a brutal and barbaric arm of Pakistan Army. Its actions along the Line of Control (LOC) may be not in public domain, but the Indian Army has been bearing its brunt for long. The raiding members of BAT are specially instructed not be caught on the Indian side.
Defence experts say that the Pakistan's Special Services Group (SSG) forms the BAT which employs highly trained terrorists for Trans-LoC action up to a depth of 1 to 3 kilometres.

In February 2000, seven months after the Kargil War, a Pakistani BAT killed seven Indian soldiers in Nowshera in Rajouri district. The army was shocked to discover the headless body of a soldier, Sepoy Bhausaheb Talekar.

Defence experts say that the Pakistani BAT beheads and mutilate the bodies of Indian soldiers to terrorise troops and wage psychological warfare.

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