WAR WITH IN­DIA NOT AN OP­TION: PAK FM

In­dia crit­i­cises Pak­istan po­si­tion at the UN meet­ing

The Gulf Today - - FRONT PAGE - BY RESMI SIVARAM / AGEN­CIES

NEW DELHI: Union Home Min­is­ter Raj na th sing h’ s claim that“some­thing big has hap­pened in the past two days” at the bor­der has sparked spec­u­la­tion of a con­fronta­tion with Pak­istan.

Gov­ern­ment sources were not will­ing to of­fer an ex­pla­na­tion on Satur­day. NEI­THER THE Min­istry of Home AF­FAIRS (MHA) nor THE Min­istry of Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs (MEA) was ready to com­ment.

Singh’s com­ment was made on Fri­day at a meet­ing in Muza­farpur, Ut­tar Pradesh, but was widely re­ported on Satur­day only. It came on the eve of the sec­ond an­niver­sary of the sur­gi­cal strikes across the bor­der that In­dia had launched af­ter mil­i­tary camps were at­tacked by mil­i­tants from Pak­istan.

Singh was dis­cussing the killing by Pak­istan troops of Bor­der Se­cu­rity Force (BSF) jawan Naren­dra Singh along the Line of Con­trol (LOC).

HE IN­DI­CATED that IN­DIAN Forces may have hit Pak­istani tar­gets across the bor­der to avenge the bru­tal killing. But he re­mained rather se­cre­tive, say­ing he can­not ex­plain de­tails of what he is say­ing.

“Some­thing has hap­pened, I won’t dis­close it now. What­ever has hap­pened, has hap­pened for the good. Trust me, some­thing big has hap­pened two-three days ago. And you will also see what hap­pens in fu­ture,” Singh said.

“Our neigh­bour­ing coun­try Pak­istan keeps fos­ter­ing un­rest. It doesn’t re­frain from its ne­far­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties. Peo­ple of­ten raise how they mis­treat our Bor­der Se­cu­rity Force jawans. You might have seen some­thing… some­thing has hap­pened, I won’t say what. It has hap­pened, it has gone al­right. You can be­lieve us, it has been al­right - just two-three days ago. Some peo­ple know. And you will see ahead, what hap­pens,” he said.

“I have told the Bor­der Se­cu­rity Force, they are our neigh­bours, don’t ire THE irst Bul­let. But IF they ire THE irst one, Don’t Count How many you ire back,” he added.

Ear­lier this week, Army Gen­eral Bipin Rawat had said he be­lieved it was time for an­other sur­gi­cal strike.

“I be­lieve there is a need for one more ac­tion (sur­gi­cal strike). But I would not want to dis­close how we want to do it,” he had told In­dia To­day in an in­ter­view.

Mean­while, in a bit­ter at­tack on the Congress, Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi on Satur­day said that the par­tys “chhoti soch” (nar­row mind­ed­ness) was stop­ping it from see­ing any merit in cel­e­brat­ing the 2016 cross-loc sur­gi­cal strikes on ter­ror­ist launch pads.

“We all know the at­ti­tude of the Congress on sur­gi­cal strikes. They keep RAIS­ING ques­tions over sur­gi­cal strikes even to­day, op­pos­ing the gov­ern­ment and op­pos­ing the na­tion’s armed forces? Also doubt­ing the armed forces’ valour and courage?” he said while ad­dress­ing the BJP work­ers in Ra­jasthan’s Chit­tor­garh through video con­fer­enc­ing.

“In their bid to op­pose the gov­ern­ment, they be­gan op­pos­ing the na­tion. This an­tag­o­nism has be­come the char­ac­ter of the Congress party,” he added.

Re­spond­ing to A ques­tion By A BJP worker, Modi said that the op­po­si­tion HAD Even ques­tioned THE util­ity of THE Pokhran-ii nu­clear tests and the Congress party did not even see any merit in ob­serv­ing the Kargil Vi­jay Di­was.

“The Congress does not ob­serve the Kargil Vi­jay Di­was even to­day. One of their lead­ers said they could not see any rea­son to cel­e­brate the Kargil vic­tory as the war was fought on In­dia’s land, that this vic­tory is mean­ing­less. They said it was an Nda-era war and so NDA could cel­e­brate it. Such nar­row mind­ed­ness, lowly think­ing,” Modi said.

HE Also AT­TACKED Congress PRES­I­DENT Rahul Gandhi for meet­ing the Chi­nese Am­bas­sador at the height of the 73day Dok­lam stand-off with that na­tion last year.

Agence France-presse

An In­dian army of­fi­cer shows the 7.62MM medium ma­chine gun to a school stu­dent dur­ing the dis­play of arms and mil­i­tary equip­ment at the Polo Ground in Se­cun­der­abad, the twin city of Hyderabad, on Satur­day.

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