Appreciating the step taken by the father of Saifullah, the ISIS terror accused killed in an operation in Lucknow, by not accepting his son’s body, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday said that extremist elements in Kashmir should take lessons from the former rather than glorifying a terrorist.
I appreciate his father who said I will not accept an anti-national body, it is a lesson for the people of Kashmir who glorify a terrorist body by taking out huge procession for funerals,” BJP leader S. Prakash told ANI.
Earlier on Wednesday, the father of Saifullah, Sartaj refused to accept his son’s body saying “a traitor” is no son of theirs. “A traitor can’t be our son. We are Indians, we were born here, our forefathers were born here. One who indulges in anti-national activities can’t be our son…we won’t accept his body,” Sartaj said.
Saifullah was killed by commandos in a house on the outskirts of Lucknow earlier on Wednesday morning after an exchange of fire with the police for about a 12-hour. The police recovered eight pistols, three passports, more than 600 cartridges, bomb-making instruments, timers, wires, compass etc.
President Donald Trump wants to develop a deeper relationship with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and wishes to work closely with India, the White House said on Thursday, adding that the relationship between the two countries has grown in terms of foreign policy.
“I think we are, as talked about during the campaign and the transition, establishing a deeper relationship with Prime Minister Modi and US-India businesses,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said at his daily news conference.
“And I think as we move forward in terms of our foreign policy, we’ll have further updates on that. Trump spoke very clearly and frequently about the relationship that we have and hope to continue to grow with India,” Spicer added.
This development comes soon after Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar met US Secretary of State Rex W Tillerson and National Security Advisor Lt Gen H R McMaster on 3 March.
Modi is expected to meet Trump on the sidelines of the twelfth summit of the Group of Twenty (G20) in Hamburg on 7-8 July this year. He is also expected to visit the US later this year in response to Trump’s invitation.