Finance Minister Arun Jaitley appealed to the Opposition to speak in one voice over the anti-terror operation by Indian Forces after they alleged that the operations were being politicised by the Centre.
In a series of tweets, he said that the entire nation is speaking in one voice following the Pulwama terror attack and India's pre-emptive strike on Pakistan-backed terror camps across the Line of Control. He questioned the intention of Opposition in its allegation that the Centre is politicising India's anti-terror operations.
He also appealed to them to speak in one voice as its statement opposing the government was being used by Pakistan.
Earlier on Wednesday, Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi repeated the Opposition's statement
"Today, the 21 Opposition parties in India have also told the BJP not to play politics on this matter. The Opposition parties of India have said that BJP is using the Pulwama attack for elections, they are politicising the matter," he said.
Earlier on Wednesday 21 Opposition parties had expressed anguish over what they alleged was "blatant politicisation" of the sacrifices of armed forces and urged the government to take nations into confidence on all measures to protect India's sovereignty, unity and integrity.
After a meeting in the Parliament Library, the leaders of these parties issued a joint statement, expressing concern over the prevailing security situation in the country.
"Anguished over blatant politicisation of sacrifices of armed forces by ruling party. Urge government to take nations into confidence on all measures to protect India's sovereignty, unity, integrity. National security must transcend narrow political consideration," the joint statement said.
The parties also condemned the "dastardly" Pulwama terror attack by "Pakistan-sponsored" terrorists of Jaish-e-Mohammed on February 14. The leaders paid homage to the soldiers killed in the attack and expressed solidarity with the Armed Forces.
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