A week after the Pathankot terror attack, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has sent out a veiled warning to the perpetrators of the attack. At an Army event in Delhi, Parrikar said that any individual or organization that causes harm to India, will also be given pain.
“I am of the opinion, it should not be taken as a government thinking, I always believe that if anyone harms you, he understands the same language…How, when and place should be of your choice but if someone is harming this country, then that particular individual or organisation, I purposely used the words individual and organisation, should also receive the pain of such activities,” the Defence Minister said while addressing the top brass of the Army, including Army Chief Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag.
When asked to elaborate later, Parrikar explained, “Basic principle is that until we give them pain, whoever they may be, until then, such incidents will not reduce.”
The minister also cited history to further explain his argument.
Without specifically referring to the Pathankot attack, the Minister said the country was proud of its seven soldiers who laid down their lives for the country but he also added that he was pained by the loss.
The Defence Minister stressed on the importance of neutralizing the enemy over self-sacrifice of the soldiers.
“I don’t appreciate it. I have said that it is time we tell our soldiers that it is inevitable that we will lose some soldiers, and in this incident we lost one person in actual combat…We should tell them to think of the concept of taking life of your enemy, enemy of the country, instead of giving your life. This is an important aspect,” Parrikar said.
“If someone comes and hammers you, you should keep quite? Was that the policy? What I am saying is basically that history tells you that those who damage you, if they don’t realise what pain they inflict, then they don’t change,” Parrikar clarified on being asked if there was a change of policy from the previous UPA government.
(With inputs from PTI)