Centre plans more Ops against N-E insurgents

SansadTV Bureau

ParrikarThe Centre and the Army have hinted at more surgical strikes against militants in North East India.

NSA Ajit Doval will visit Myanmar soon to discuss further joint actions against insurgents.

Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Jitender Singh has left for Manipur along with senior officials.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh also chaired a meeting with Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and NSA Ajit Doval to discuss details of the joint action.

Two days ago, Indian Army’s Special Forces unit carried out a counter offensive strike against militants inside Myanmar who were responsible for the Manipur attack that killed 18 soldiers.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has described the operation as a “change in the mindset” of the government.

“If the thinking pattern changes, a lot of things change. You have seen for the last 2-3 days. A simple action against insurgents has changed the mindset of the full security scenario in the country,” Parrikar said in New Delhi.

Parrikar took a dig at Pakistan who reacted to India’s counter offensive in Myanmar.

Parrikar taunted, those who “fear India’s new posture” have already started reacting.

Pakistan’s Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan had said, “Pakistan is not like Myanmar” and warned India that it will not be cowed down by threats from across the border.

“Those having ill designs against Pakistan should listen carefully that our security forces are capable of matching response to any adventurism,” Khan threatened.

Khan’s statement came in response to Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore’s comment that the military action in Myanmar will also serve as a message to other countries.

Indian Army successfully carried out the operation in Myanmar with the knowledge of Myanmarese authorities killing at least 38 insurgents who belonged to the groups believed to be responsible for the ambush on June 4 that killed 18 Indian soldiers in Manipur.

However, Myanmar has come out with an official statement saying that the operation took place within the Indian territory and not in Myanmar.

In a Facebook post, Zaw Htay, Director of Myanmar’s Presidential Office, said, “According to the information sent by Tatmadaw (Myanmar Army) battalions on the ground, we have learned that the military operation was performed on the Indian side at India-Myanmar border.”