Ex-servicemen pay homage to Pathankot martyrs (Lead, Superseding earlier story)

New Delhi, Jan 5 (IANS) Hundreds of former servicemen at India Gate here on Tuesday paid homage to the soldiers martyred during Pathankot air base terrorist attack.

On the occasion, retired Brigadier J.S. Sandhu said: “India needs to sharpen its action towards Pakistan”.

“The government needs to let the army act against these terror groups… We have always been lenient and soft towards Pakistan, but in return we were only rewarded with attacks,” Sandhu told IANS.

Among others who gathered to pay homage to the martyrs were students, families of ex-servicemen and activists.

Himangi, a 19-year-old law student, asked the nation to learn to pay homage and respect to the martyrs.

“Those army men fought for us to be safe. And we are not even bothered to pay them a homage or respect,” she said.

“Why aren’t the politicians or bureaucrats bothered?” she asked.

Later, a candle light vigil was also held by the ex-servicemen.

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