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NEW DELHI, Feb 13 (Agencies): Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday hit out at the PDP and BJP for continuing with their "opportunistic alliance" in Jammu and Kashmir even as soldier paid the price "with their blood."

Rahul also slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi of "dithering" even as terrorist launched attacks on Army camp in Jammu and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti for voicing divergent views on dealing 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," Rahul said on Twitter.

Lamenting on the differences between the ruling partners, Rahul said that while on one hand, PDP was batting for talks with Pakistan, BJP, who also rules at the Centre was speaking about making Pakistan pay the price.

Rahul's comments come after Mehbooba Mufti said in the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly that dialogue with Pakistan was the only way forward, even as she predicted she will be dubbed "anti-national" by TV channels for making the appeal. Later, in a tweet, Mehbooba said that dialogue with Pakistan was necessary to end bloodshed and war was not an option.

Indian Army officers and personnel stand at guard outside the Sunjuwan military camp in Jammu after terrorists attacked the camp on Saturday. Reuters

Her statement came at a time when multiple attacks on the armed forces took place in the state. This evoked response from its ally BJP, which were unsurprisingly, in contrast with what the chief minister had said.

Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari hit out at both Mufti and Sitharaman saying that it expected the government to "act" against terror and not "talk about terror" with Pakistan.

"This country does not want you to talk to Pakistan about terror; it wants you to act on the commitment that you had made to the people of India that you would act on the question of terror," Tewari said.

The Congress leader also questioned the Modi government's policy towards Pakistan and said that remarks such as 'Pakistan will have to pay 'made by the defence minister on Monday, did not serve any purpose as there was no decline in cross-border terrorism.

"It is in fact intensifying … we would like to ask them (government) what has this talking to Pakistan on terror yielded in the past 45 months," Tewari said.

Ram Madhav of the BJP told CNN-News18 that terrorism and talks cannot happen together and terrorism must end. However he said that India never shied away from talks.

Ravinder Raina, the BJP MLA for Nowshera-Sunderbani constituency told NDTV that while dialogue is always welcome, Pakistan's conduct makes it difficult. He pointed to the overtures made by the Atal Bihari Vajpayee and the Narendra Modi governments in response to which Pakistan only mounted further attacks. He asked who will take guarantee of Pakistan's conduct.

News Updated at : Wednesday, February 14, 2018
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