New Delhi: The Opposition on Wednesday spoke in one voice against the rising tension between Pakistan and India in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack. (Catch LIVE Updates of India-Pakistan Standoff Here)
After a meeting of Opposition parties, Congress President Rahul Gandhi said, “The meeting of leaders of 21 political parties condemned the dastardly Pulwama attack by Pakistan-sponsored terrorists of Jaish-e-Mohammed on February 14, 2019, and lauded the action taken by our armed forces.”
He added, “Leaders condemned Pakistani misadventure and expressed deep concern for the safety of our missing pilot. Leaders urged the Government to take the nation into confidence on all measures to protect India’s sovereignty, unity and integrity.”
A statement released at the end of the meeting reportedly said, “The Prime Minister has, regrettably, not convened an all-party meeting as per the established practice in our democracy”.
However, a resolution was passed which said the Opposition will stand with the country and against the enemy at this moment.
The meeting was attended by senior Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh, Telugu Desam Party chief Chandrababu Naidu, Sharad Pawar, JMM leader Shibu Soren, BSP leader S C Mishra, Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her party leader Derek O’Brian, Sharad Yadav and Aam Aadmi Party leader Sanjay Singh.
On Tuesday, India had launched a pre-emptive strike and had annihilated JeM’s terror camp in Balakot, killing over 300 terrorists. In response, Pakistan had sent an F16 which was brought down by the Indian Air Force.
Meanwhile, a MiG 21 was lost and its pilot reported missing in action, as confirmed by the Ministry of External Affairs.
Earlier, in a statement, Nepal’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the country was “concerned about the escalating tensions between India and Pakistan following the terrorist attack on the security convoy in Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir on February 14, 2019.”
It added, “As the current chair of SAARC, Nepal calls on both sides to exercise utmost restraint and not engage in actions that would threaten peace and security in the region. It also urges them to seek a solution through dialogue and peaceful means in order to ease tension.”