NEW DELHI: Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has said India is very focused on dealing with external threats to its security and “anyone who causes trouble will not be spared”.
In an interview with ANI Editor Smita Prakash, the minister said that India has the capability to deal with any country having expansionist agenda.
“If a country is expansionist and tries to occupy our land, occupy a piece of our land, then India has the capability and power to not let its land go into anyone’s hand, whether it is any country of the world,” he said.
He was responding to a query about the expansionist goals of China. The minister said that when he visited eastern Ladakh after the Galwan clash, the morale of soldiers was high. “The morale of our troops was and is high. The restraint, valour and bravery they have exhibited this time, the more it is praised, it is less,” he said.
Asked if there is a possibility of Galwan-like incident as China is not willing to pull back from the standoff in eastern Ladakh, he said the Army will not allow “the country’s pride to be dented”.
“What happened, I cannot say it freely as talks between the two countries are continuing. But the country’s pride has not been dented, that I can say with confidence. I feel if a soldier on the border listens to it, he will be able to say with pride that what our Defence Minister is saying is true,” he said.
Targets at LoC
Rajanth Singh said that India has the capability to hit terrorist targets across the border if the need arises and noted that Pakistan has been indulging in notorious actions along the border since its creation. He said Pakistan has been resorting to 300-400 ceasefire violations in a few months but the Army gives a befitting reply. “Ever since its existence, Pakistan has been indulging in notorious actions along the border,” he said.
The minister said the troops were working to eradicate terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir. “The country’s soldiers have proved that not only this side, but to eliminate terrorism they can go to the other side and attack terrorist hideouts if the need arises. India has that capability, that power,” he said.
India had carried out surgical strike on terror launch pads across the border in 2016 after Uri terror attack. It had carried out an aerial strike on terror camp in Balakot in 2019 following terror attack Pulwama. (ANI)