Asserting that the entire country was fed up with the senseless killing of Indian soldiers every day, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday called for "tough coercive action against Pakistan", which he suggested could be military, diplomatic or economic, or a combination of all three. "We should get 82 of them since 41 of our men have been killed", the Chief Minister asserted, demanding an "eye for an eye policy with Pakistan and terrorists backed by it.
Amarinder, a former Army Captain himself who does not mince words when reacting to Pakistan's proxy war with India, declared: "If they (Pak-backed terrorists) kill our soldiers, we have to do something." Advocating a strong stance in the wake of the Pulwama terror carnage, the Chief Minister said it was for the Centre to decide what form of action should be taken.
"But it is clear that some measures had to be taken urgently. India wants it now," he told media here. Amarinder heads a Congress government in Punjab since March 2017. He was an earlier chief minister from 2002-2007.
(With inputs from agencies.)