NEW DELHI – India’s Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh once again threatened Pakistan with surgical strikes in the future.
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In an interview with leading Indian channel, the minister blatantly refused to guarantee refraining from surgical strikes in future.
‘Pakistan is our neighbouring country. If they correct themselves, it will be good, but if some terror attack takes place, we cannot guarantee that there won’t be a surgical strike in future. We don’t want, but if situation demands, there is no second way,’ said Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
Detailing the previous surgical strike, which Pakistan termed a drama, Rajnath maintained that Indian premier Narendra Modi had taken this well thought after decision in which all sat down together to explore the option. Singh said there were inputs that after carrying out terror strikes in Kashmir, terrorists returned to the launching pads on the Line of Control.
‘Our soldiers went across the Line of Control and hit those launching pads and cause significant damages’ the Home Minister said.
Rajnath termed Pakistan’s decision to put JuD chief under house arrest rubbish, adding that Pakistan should take legal action against him.
‘Hafiz Saeed has been put under house arrest earlier also. After 26/11 he was put under house arrest. My input is, this is his second house arrest but I feel this is just eye wash. If Pakistan is serious about acting against Saeed and terrorists, it must take legal action against them’ asserted Rajnath.
He went on to say that Hafiz Saeed should be charge sheeted and put behind bars.
On the other hand, Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Friday said that Pakistan Army was ready to give a befitting response to any aggression from across the border.
He said that India was trying to divert the world’s attention from its atrocities against the Kashmiris by violating the ceasefire along the Line of Control (LOC) and the Working Boundary (WB).
It is relevant to mention that relations between India and Pakistan plummeted after the Uri attack that left 18 soldiers dead.
India blamed Pakistan for the attack but Pakistan categorically denied the allegations in this regard.
The tension simmered once again after India claimed that they had carried out a surgical strike inside Pakistan in September, which Pakistan simply shrugged off.
Both nuclear-armed neighbours also expelled the other’s high commission staffers following allegations of espionage.
Recently India targeted a passenger bus in Neelum Valley that left nine passengers dead. Moreover, three Pakistani soldiers also lost their lives in the attack.