Told jawans to kill enemy, not wait to get martyred : DM Parrikar tough talk
Panaji, November 21
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in a frank talk made it clear that the armed forces in Kashmir had complete power to shoot at those wielding guns, instead of waiting for the terrorists to open fire.
When I took over as the Defence Minister, the first thing I told them (soldiers) that if you see machine gun or pistol in anyone’s hand, don’t expect that he has come to say hello to you. Before you get martyred, you should eliminate him,” Parrikar said at Vasco in Goa last evening.
“In Kashmir, our Army is fighting with terrorists. The Congress government had given them directions that till they (terrorists) don’t fire at you, don’t retaliate,” he said, claiming that the morale of the Army had gone up since Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government came to power.
Speaking to mediapersons after commissioning new warship INS Chennai in Mumbai, he said the recent surgical strikes had put forth the message that the government would not be aggressive, but “will also not take things lying down”.
He said the cross-border tension would ease if Pakistan stopped ceasefire violations. “Surgical strike has given a message that Indian Government will not be aggressive but will also not take things lying down,” Parrikar said.
Responding to questions on the Army’s action against terror camps and the recent rise in ceasefire violations across the border, Parrikar said if the ‘timetable’ of such violations was observed, there was always some political angle to them