Soldiers paying with blood for ‘opportunistic’ alliance in J&K: Rahul

New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday accused the Centre of having a ‘non-existent’ policy for Kashmir and blamed the Bharatiya Janata Party-People’s Democratic Party (BJP-PDP) alliance for ‘continuing an opportunistic alliance as soldiers paid the price with their blood’.

Rahul accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of “dithering” while Indian soldiers were killed in terror attacks in the state.

‘PDP says ‘talks’ with Pakistan. BJP Defence Minister says ‘Pakistan will pay the price’. While our soldiers pay with their blood for BJP/PDP’s opportunistic alliance and non-existent Kashmir policy; Modi Ji dithers,’ he said on Twitter.

Rahul’s remarks came a day after J&K chief minister Mehbooba Mufti calling for talks to resolve the long-standing Kashmir issue and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman warning to Pakistan that it will ‘have to pay for misadventure’.

“Dialogue with Pakistan is necessary if we are to end bloodshed (in the state),” Mehbooba Mufti tweeted.

“I know I will be labelled anti-national by news anchors tonight but that doesn’t matter. The people of Jammu and Kashmir are suffering. We have to talk because war is not an option,” she said.

Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that Pakistan who is indulging in ceasefire violations to assist infiltration will pay for this misadventure.

“Pakistan is expanding the arc of terror… resorting to ceasefire violations to assist infiltration,” Sitharaman said. “Pakistan will pay for this misadventure.”

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