The militant attack at Nagrota in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday was a ‘message’ sent by Pakistan’s newly appointed army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa to India, former Home Secretary R K Singh has said.
“We need to take note of the fact that this is the (Pakistan) new Army chief sending a message. His policy will be same as followed by the predecessor...We (also) need to send across a message to him,” he said.
“India will hit back harder every time it is targeted,” he said.
The BJP MP’s remarks came after three soldiers, including a major, and four militants were killed as a fierce gun battle raged on Tuesday, the second such attack on an army facility in as many months.
- Three soldiers and equal number of militants were killed after a gun battle broke out between a group of militants and security forces at Nagrota Cantonment.
- Sources said the militants, suspected to be three to four in number, stormed an army unit at around 5am.
- Three infiltrators were killed and six BSF men injured in another encounter in Chamliyal area close to the IB in Ramgarh sub-sector of Samba district.
In another gunfight, 70km from Nagrota, three infiltrators were killed and six BSF men, including a DIG, were injured near the International Border in Chamliyal area of Samba sector.
Singh said Pakistan continues to ‘bleed’ India through such attacks, adding that the recently conducted PoK surgical strike by the Indian Army was not a ‘one-off’ event.
“It was a statement of policy...Our policy is that we will hit you back every time you hit us. We will hit you back harder. So, I think a couple of more time we hit them back, it will certainly settle in their mind,” he said.
The BJP leader added that India needed to “follow up on its policy of imposing cost” and that the “Army should revisit the security procedure in general, particularly in Jammu and Kashmir.”