Congress Party vice-president Rahul Gandhi has called for pursuing hard-nosed diplomacy and giving a firm response to Pakistan in the wake of the killing and mutilation of two Indian Army soldiers at the Line of Control (LoC) recently. Intervening in a discussion on “India And The World”, one of the five working groups set up to determine the party line on key socio-economic, political and international issues during the Jaipur Chintan Shivir, Gandhi told senior party leaders that India should deal firmly with Pakistan based on safeguarding national interests and not indulge in emotional outbursts. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is said to have underlined the need for diplomacy.
He added that India cannot wish away Pakistan, but added there could not be business with Pakistan in such a situation. Dr. Singh earlier said that civil society in Pakistan was for good relations with India but there were elements like army that were hostile towards such move. Gandhi said India had done well after the 26/11 and managed to corner the elements that were to be cornered. He said it was the way to go ahead in the future too. The session was chaired by Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma.