Govt faces Oppn fury on Pathankot ter­ror at­tack

Prime Min­is­ter tar­geted for his stopover in La­hore

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - HT Correspondent let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEW DELHI: The govern­ment came un­der fire in Par­lia­ment on Wed­nes­day over its han­dling of the Pathankot air­base at­tack as the Op­po­si­tion al­leged the in­ci­dent ex­posed a lack of co­or­di­na­tion be­tween the min­istries of home and de­fence.

Congress, Tri­namool Congress, Biju Janata Dal and Left mem­bers in Lok Sabha trained their guns on Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi for his La­hore stopover a few days be­fore the Jan­uary 2 strike. Congress vice-pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi said, “The PM lacks vi­sion and runs in­ter­na­tional diplo­macy ac­cord­ing to his whims and fan­cies .”

Seven se­cu­rity per­son­nel, in­clud­ing a lieu­tenant colonel, and six ter­ror­ists were killed in the four-day gun­fight.

The govern­ment said it was con­duct­ing a se­cu­rity au­dit to iden­tify and fill gaps and as­serted In­dia wanted good re­la­tions with its neigh­bours, in­clud­ing Pak­istan, but not at the cost of its “pride, dig­nity and self-re­spect”.

Congress chief whip Jyotiraditya Scindia said there was no co­or­di­na­tion be­tween min­istries.

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