Editorial

Everyone should forget political differences, join hands in fighting against terrorism 

The entire nation should be with the security forces and all political parties should set aside their differences and come in unison to fight and eradicate terrorism.

The nation should stand united against terrorism and it has to be eliminated. When all of us are fighting against terrorism, everyone should forget their political differences and come together to fight against terrorism. Whatever decision or steps the armed forces take, the entire nation should always support it.

Terrorism has affected Jammu and Kashmir for the last 30 years, as many people in our Jammu and Kashmir have been affected by terrorism. This is a worrying and a sad thing. We have been behind in terms of education and development. If terrorism comes to an end, the people of Jammu and Kashmir will be happy and youth, who have been the most affected due to terrorism, will attain education in the state. Tourism will also flourish once again and the economic situation will improve.

Despite the ghastly terror attack in Pulwama, the BJP-led government carried out their political activities while Congress has rightly cancelled all its high-level meetings and functions in the wake of the attack. It is not known as to why the BJP did not cancel any public meetings.

When the Congress and the Opposition are respecting the martyrs of Pulwama attack and stand in solidarity with the security forces, the ruling BJP should not do politics in this situation. Our fight against terrorism should not be based on common State political interests.

Subsequent to the February 26 all-party meet, chaired by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Home Minister Rajnath Singh that the Tuesday’s airstrikes were neither against Pakistan nor its people nor even against the country’s military installations but against terror camps operating from Pakistan’s soil.

India attack was against the terror camp of JeM (in Balakot) in Pakistan occupied Kashmir. It is Pakistan’s responsibility to eliminate terrorism in their soil and ensure that this does not escalate into war. India IS not in favour of war (with Pakistan) and talks are not possible (with Pakistan) in this situation. India welcomed the safe return of her son, IAF pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman from Pakistan.

It is known that on Wednesday, Wing Commander Abhinandan while flying the MiG 21 Bison, was chasing Pakistani F-16 fighters which had transgressed into the Indian airspace, and in the process, his plane crossed over to Pakistani side and was shot down. He ejected safely but was taken into custody by the Pakistan Army upon landing. Before his plane was shot, he had hit a Pakistani F-16.

Wearing a blue blazer and grey ‘khaki’ trousers, he crossed over into India from Attari-Wagah border at 9:20 pm on Friday. He was handed over by the Pakistan Rangers to the Border Security Force (BSF) following paperwork as per Ganeva Treaty.