'Pak needs to match action with words'
Defence Minister AK Antony says Islamabad still needs to match its words with actions on dismantling the terrorist and jehadi infrastructure.india Updated: May 21, 2007 17:16 IST
While acknowledging that relations with Pakistan have shown some sign of "improvement", India on Monday said Islamabad still needs to match its words with actions on dismantling the terrorist and jehadi infrastructure.
"Though we deserve peace with Pakistan and want to continue talks with Pakistan on various issues, it is imperative for us to maintain eternal vigil all along our borders," Defence Minister AK Antony said while inaugurating the three-day long Air Force Commanders Conference in New Delhi.
The Defence Minister was deliberating on India's friendly and cordial relations with all nations, especially countries in our immediate neighbourhood.
Expressing concern over the deteriorating situation in Sri Lanka, he said the air offensive launched by the LTTE "is a cause for concern. On our part we have to be vigilant and continue to safeguard our security concerns."
Antony asked the air warriors to make all efforts for developing Indian Air Force (IAF) into a dominant Aerospace power, an official release said in New Delhi.
The IAF was in the process of transformation and modernization and several important projects were at various stages of implementation, he said and acknowledged that the government was aware of the challenges, issues and requirements of the IAF.
Stressing that the IAF is a technology intensive force, he said "our attempts should be to enhance the strategic reach of IAF and integrate potent capabilities in air defence surveillance, space based assets and advance weapon systems to develop it into a dominant aerospace power.
"We must also develop asymmetric capabilities against superior forces," he said.
First Published: May 21, 2007 17:12 IST