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PM takes hardline stance, says ‘cannot be business as usual with Pak’

New Delhi, Jan. 15 (ANI): The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Tuesday termed as ‘barbaric’ the brutal killing of Indian jawans along the Line of Control (LoC), and said there cannot be business as usual with Islamabad.

Dr. Singh, who broke his silence on the prevailing tension with Pakistan on the LoC, said the attack on the Indian jawans is unacceptable.

“After this barbaric act, there cannot be business as usual with Pakistan. Pakistan must be held accountable for what happened on the LoC. Hope Pakistan will bring the perpetrators of beheading to justice. The future peace process depends on Pakistan,” television channels, quoted Dr. Singh as saying.

With the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) demanding tough action against Pakistan over the beheading of an Indian jawan along the Line of Control (LoC), Dr. Singh earlier on Monday spoke to senior opposition leaders Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley.

Dr. Singh, who assured both the leaders that the opposition would be kept in loop over the situation, also told them that the National Security Advisor would brief them on the developments on the LoC.

Tension between the two Asian neighbours has escalated ever since Indian jawan Lance Naik Hemraj Singh was beheaded in an attack by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control on January 8.

India yesterday lodged a strong protest against the ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the LoC and made it clear to it that the Army reserves the right to retaliate if provoked.

The Army’s position was conveyed at a brigadier-level flag meeting between the two sides at Chakan-Da-Bagh crossing-point in Poonch sector of the Jammu region.

Pakistan has denied India’s claim that its troops crossed the Line of Control to ambush a patrol party in the Mendhar sector in Poonch district. (ANI)