Taking a hard stance towards Pakistan following repeated ceasefire violations
and killing of Indian soldiers at the Line of Control (LoC), Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said India did not seek war, but would “gouge out eyes” of the enemy if provoked.
“Goans can tell the world that they had sent a man to the Centre who slapped the enemy across the face,” he said while addressing a rally in Aldona Assembly constituency in Goa.
“We are giving a tit-for-tat response
, and when they realised it, they approached us, seeking to stop it,” he said.
He asserted that India’s armed forces are fully prepared for any situation. Parrikar said his mother had taught him that “even if you are going to hunt a rabbit, be prepared to kill a tiger.”
Fre days back, Pakistan’s Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) requested an unscheduled hot line interaction and held talks with India’s DGMO following fierce retaliation by India in wake of beheading of an Indian soldier.
India’s DGMO Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh expressed grief at Pakistan civilian casualties but emphatically stated that retaliatory firing by Indian troops has only been carried out targeting locations from where Pakistan has initiated ceasefire violations on Indian Posts. He also expressed his concerns to Pakistan DGMO on casualties caused to Indian civilians and soldiers due to unprovoked Pakistan firing.
Indian DGMO further raised the issue of infiltration attempts by terrorists from Pakistan side into Jammu and Kashmir and the unethical act of mutilation of the body of Indian soldiers close to the LoC by terrorists infiltrating from Pakistan.