Govt wants to treat Terror Attacks as War on India
India on Wednesday said the country wants to maintain good relations with all its neighbours, including Pakistan, but not at the cost of its “pride, dignity and self-respect” and that it would not compromise with its security at any cost.
Terming the terror attack on Pathankot airbase in January as a “part of asymmetric” war, India also said the country would ensure that its enemies cannot go scot-free and even small incidents of terrorism have to be “treated as war”.
“We want good relations with all our neighbours. We want good relations with Pakistan too, but not at the cost of this country’s pride, dignity and self-respect,” said home minister Rajnath Singh while responding to a debate in Lok Sabha on the Pathankot attack.
Singh’s remark came as the opposition questioned as to what Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Lahore stopover had achieved, noting that the terror strike had happened just a few days after the visit. Slamming the handling of the terror strike, the opposition dubbed as a “critical mistake” the decision to handover the operation to NSG.
Citing the latest forensic report, Rajnath Singh said burnt mass of human males have been found inside the building and both were terrorists. He, however, said it could not be possible to “establish identity of the burnt remains”.
Contrary to the contention of NIA which is probing Pathankot attack that four terrorists were killed, defence minister Manohar Parrikar said six attackers were neutralised over two days. “Four terrorists were killed on the first day… Next day, the balance two terrorists were engaged and killed,” he said, adding that lives of seven security personnel were lost.
Talking about Pathankot attack, Parrikar said it was “an accumulation of asymmetric war” and assured the members in the lower House that all the security gaps, had been filled and “we have already conducted security audits of all defence establishments”.
“When they failed in conventional war, as they failed in 1965 and 1971, the enemy resorted to (policy of) thousands cuts, trying to bleed India. These are small attacks of weak forces on a stronger force ,” he said. With regard to the opposition criticism over handling of the Pathankot attack, Parrikar said,”You cannot have a running commentary about such operations on television channels. This puts security forces in danger.”
“We are in the process definitely to ensure that our enemies cannot go scot-free,” Parrikar said, adding “the compromise made earlier was probably one of the reasons as to why we are suffering today”. The home minister, however, said while different governments might have different action plans, nobody can say that their strategy is foolproof.
Source:- Times of India