Time to teach Pakistan a lesson, says Sena

Updated - April 13, 2017 07:19 am IST

Published - April 13, 2017 01:01 am IST

 MNS activists staging a protest against Pakistan for announcing death sentence to former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, at Panvel on Wednesday.

MNS activists staging a protest against Pakistan for announcing death sentence to former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, at Panvel on Wednesday.

Mumbai: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday demanded strict action against Pakistan where a court awarded death penalty to former Naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav.

“Merely expressing feelings or threatening Pakistan of consequences would not work. Now is the time for action to teach them a lesson. He (Jadhav) has to be brought back at the earliest,” said Mr. Thackeray at his residence Matoshree , after felicitating the winners from Marathi film industry at the National Film Awards.

Mr. Thackeray said his party was criticised when it protested the welcoming of Pakistani politicians and artistes in India, but after incidents such as the one of Mr. Jadhav, the nationalism of people suddenly springs up.

A Pakistani military court on Monday awarded death sentence to Mr. Jadhav after declaring him a spy. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday made a statement in both the Houses of Parliament, asserting that India will go out of way to ensure justice to him, who is an innocent kidnapped Indian.

Asked about the fate of Sena-BJP relations after his party attended the NDA constituents’ meet in New Delhi earlier this week, Mr. Thackeray said, “Relations are going in the right direction at a snail’s pace.”

The Sena chief felicitated the actors of Marathi films Ventilator and Kasaav , which recently won the national award. “I feel proud of Marathi artistes. In future we will hold a Marathi film festival. The whole world is felicitating these artistes and it is thus imperative that we felicitate them.”

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