New Delhi(PTI): Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday avoided commenting on United States Secretary…
New Delhi: A day after Indian Army carried out the surgical strike inside Myanmar territory killing 38 insurgents, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has said that the action against insurgency led to change in mindset.
News agency ANI quoted Parrikar as saying that the offensive by India against insurgents has led to a “change in mindset. So much so, that people who fear India’s new posture are also reacting.”
“Therefore, a change in mindset dictates change in any field,” said Parrikar.
Parrikar was refferring to Pakistan, which has warned India of befitting response to any misadventure.
Pakistan Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Wednesday warned India that the Islamic Republic is not Myanmar, adding that those who were considering any kind of ‘adventure’ in the country will get a ‘befitting’ response.
Whereas, a formation commanders’ conference chaired by Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif said, “It is highly regrettable that Indian politicians not only indulge in actions that are in violation of the United Nations’ charter but also take pride in claiming their interference in the internal affairs of other states.”
The army on Tuesday engaged two separate groups of militants along the Indo-Myanmar border, inflicting significant casualties on them.
A crack team of about 70 commandos from 21 Para of the Indian Army carried out the surgical strike inside Myanmar territory in the thick of the night that killed 38 insurgents belonging to NSCN(K) and KYKL militant groups yesterday.
The commandos, equipped with assault rifles, rocket launchers, grenades and night vision goggles, were divided into two groups after they slithered down from Dhruv helicopters just inside the Indian territory near the border with Myanmar.
The actual operation (hitting the camp and destroying it) took about 40 minutes.
A statement from the Ministry of Defence said that the operations were necessary in light of intelligence reports, which warned of militants planning attacks on Indian soil. The statement further appreciated the cooperation shared between the armies of India and Myanmar, assuring that any security threat to the nation will be met with a ‘firm response’.
(with agency inputs)