Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has sent a strong message to the enemies of the country.
He said that any individual or organisation causing pain to India will be answered in the same way. But, how, when and where should be decided by India.
His remarks come in the backdrop of recent Pathankot terror attack. Addressing an audience which consisted of top brass of the Army, including its chief Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag, he said that history is witness that until those who inflict damage on others, will not change till they receive similar pain. Parrikar was speaking to the defence forces on the occasion of 68th Army day.
He said that if anyone harms us, they should be dealt in the same way. But he maintained that it is his personal opinion and should be not associated with the government. When asked to explain, Parrikar said that until we give them pain, whoever they may be, until then, such incidents will not reduce.
The defence minister without mentioning the Pathankot attack, appreciated the courage and bravery of seven soldiers who laid their lives for their country.
He said the whole country and he himself is pained by the loss of these brave men.
Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his visit to Pathankot air base praised the “bravery and determination of our men and women on the ground.”
He expressed “satisfaction” over the “tactical response” of the security agencies in killing the terrorists who attacked the air base.
PM Modi was accompanied by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, and was briefed by IAF chief Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha and National Security Guard officers .
Parrikar, while giving an inspirational lecture, had said that soldiers should kill the enemies, instead of giving their lives.
Stressing upon the importance of neutralising the enemies in difficult circumstances, he said he supreme sacrifice of the soldiers is respected by the nation and the government. Seven military personnel were martyred and another 20 injured when six terrorists crossed the border and launched a massive assault on the air force base in Punjab’s Pathankot in the early hours of January 2.
The Pathankot attack took place after the meeting of PM Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif in Lahore.
Nawaz Sharif later called Narendra Modi and promised that action will be taken against those who are behind this attack. India says the Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed is behind this attack