For the first time since the army’s surgical strikes against Pakistan, defence minister Manohar Parrikar on Thursday hit out at those questioning the authenticity of the army action against terror camps operating from Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK).
While hinting at more surgical strikes if Pakistan continued to export terror to India, the minister said that those demanding proof of the action feared that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s image has gone up even further after the move.
The defence minister said he has told the soldiers, who have been hearing that laying down one’s life for the country was the supreme sacrifice, to change their mindset.
“Our motto now is ‘taking enemy life is more supreme than laying down one’s life’. We will spare none, all terrorists targeting India would be neutralised,” Parrikar said at a public felicitation organised by the Rashtra Raksha Sankalp Manch.
“For nearly two decades or more, we have been living with the scourge of terrorism. Frustration was building up within the country which wondered whether we lacked the capability to act or whether it was due to lack of permission,” he said.
“The army’s capability was never in doubt. The political decision to act was taken by the government. The surgical strikes changed the country’s mindset and mood.”
National security the only determinant: MEA
In New Delhi, the ministry of external affairs (MEA) said that national security was the sole determinant on what the government makes anything public.
To a question about the demands to make public the video of the surgical strikes along the Line of Control (LoC), MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup said: “What the government puts out or not is determined solely by national security and will continue to be so. I have nothing more to say.”
He hit out at Pakistan for being in denial of “terrorism sponsored from its soil against its neighbours”.
“Elimination of Osama bin Laden and Mullah Mansoor was met with similar denials. But we all know the truth,” he said.
Swarup said the army was given a task which it carried out with surgical precision. The desired result has been obtained, he said.