In what may seem a thorough message by the BJP-led Union government, MoS for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore said that country’s “enemies” like Dawood Ibrahim and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) chief Hafiz Saeed, should not believe that India is not thinking anything about them. While the underworld don Dawood Ibrahim is wanted in India for his involvement in the 1993 Mumbai serial blast, terror kingpin Hafiz Saeed is said to be the mastermind behind 26/11 Mumbai attacks.
Both of them are reportedly living in Pakistan, though Pakistan has always denied about underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s presence in its territory. But according to the Indian agencies, Dawood Ibrahim is based in the post city of Karachi.
“Wherever the enemy of India is, he should not think that India is not thinking anything about him… We always remain ready to neutralise our enemy,” Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore said while giving an interview to the Delhi based TV news channel.
Talking further about the incumbent Narendra Modi-led government’s stated tough stand on the issues of terrorism and national security, Mr Rathore claimed that “all means” will be used to counter the perpetrators of terror in India.
“saam, daam, dand, bhed (all means will be used). Besides dossier, other means also will be used. Whenever it happens, you will get the news,” RS Rathore said when it was pointed that 15 months of Modi government have passed but nothing had been done with regard to fugitives taking shelter in Pakistan.
According to reports, the minister also spoke on the contentious question of covert operation, where he reportedly said “We may do it but there will be no publicity before that . . . . After the operation, there may be or there may not be. It depends on whether the government says it should be covert operation or a special operation.”
However, on Monday, RS Rathore took to the micro-blogging site Twitter clarifying “Incorrect vers of my stmnts allegedly on Dawood attributed to me. . . . I spoke about dossier diplomacy . . . .”
The young minister in the NDA government had previously too been in the news for backing central government’s “special operation” on the north-eastern border along Myanmar. In June, Indian army had conducted a “special operation” retaliating against the terror ambush on the army personnel in Manipur. 17 army jawans were killed when their convoy was attacked by the terrorists in Chandel area of the north-eastern state.
(With inputs from the PTI)