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Don’t test our patience: Congress

New Delhi, Jan. 9: An unusually aggressive Congress today warned Pakistan never to repeat the “inhuman act” or be prepared for retaliation “in the same manner”.

Reacting to the gruesome killing of two soldiers along the Line of Control in Kashmir, Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi said: “We hope this is the last such act. We hope this is the last occasion for India to lodge (such a) protest. This is intolerable and Pakistan should not test our patience any more. We too can retaliate in the same manner.”

The Congress has often kept its cool despite strong provocation as it supports friendly relations with Pakistan. So today’s response surprised many. But Congress leaders insisted the feeling of hurt and anger in the country could not be ignored.

One of the two soldiers was beheaded by Pakistani troops and his head has not been found yet. “This is a very serious issue. More than the violation of the ceasefire on the border, it is an inhuman act,” Alvi said.

“We are committed to a friendly relationship with our neighbours but such acts throw up a legitimate question as to whether Pakistan too wants a friendly relationship. Pakistan must understand there is a limit to everything.”

He added: “Whenever we make a friendly gesture, Pakistan reacts in a violent manner. Our Prime Minister went to Lahore, they staged the Kargil intrusion. The Mumbai attack and the hijack of the Indian Airlines plane to Kandahar have not been forgotten. Pakistan’s behaviour has been condemnable. They are testing our patience for long.”