New Delhi, Sep 7: Strongly condemning the statement by Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa that Pakistan will "avenge the blood of its soldiers being shed at the border", Congress on Friday sought to know the response of the government, to the statement.
Talking to reporters, AICC Spokesperson RPN Singh said, 'We condemn the statement by the Pakistan Army Chief in strongest terms. We want to ask Prime Minister Narendra Modi that when Pakistan continues to make such statements, what is the response of the Government to them?
'Where is the 56-inch chest that we heard of in 2013 and 2014. The government must give a befitting reply to Pakistan, whenever it points a finger at the sacrifices of our citizens,' he added.
Mr Singh, however, said any move by the Pakistan government to allow access of Sikh pilgrims to Kartarpur Sahib Gurudwara was welcome.
Asked to respond to BJP criticism of statement by Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu that he will 'bow his head' before the Pakistan government on the issue of opening the border with India for the access of Sikh pilgrims to Kartarpur Sahib Gurudwara, the Congress leader said, 'When Sidhu had gone to Pakistan, he had said he had requested the Pakistan President to allow passage to Kartarpur for Sikhs from India.
'If it happens, it would be the happiest moment for the millions of Sikhs in the country, who have faith in that holy shrine,' Mr Singh added.
Punjab Minister of Local Government, Tourism and Cultural Affairs Navjot Singh Sidhu had said that he will 'bow his head' before the Pakistan government on the issue of opening the border with India for the access of Sikh pilgrims to Kartarpur Sahib Gurudwara.
According to media reports, the Pakistan government is open to the idea of allowing Sikh pilgrims to visit Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara, bordering Gurdaspur, on the occasion of 550 birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Ji. (UNI)