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Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar hints at tit for tat

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Published Jan 12, 2016, 4:31 am IST
Updated Jan 12, 2016, 4:31 am IST
'Basic principle is that until we give them pain, whoever they may be, until then, such incidents will not reduce.'
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar
 Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar

New Delhi: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday asserted that any individual or organisation that hurts the country should be given the same pain but how, when and where should be India's choice, remarks which come against the backdrop of the Pathankot terror attack.

Addressing an audience which consisted of top army brass, including its chief Gen. Dalbir Singh Suhag, he said that history tells us that until those who inflict damage on others experience the same pain, they don't change. “It should not be taken as a government thinking, I always believe that if anyone harms you, he understands the same language.

 

“How, when and where should be of your choice but if someone is harming this country, then that particular individual or organisation, I purposely used the words individual and organisation, should also receive the pain of such activities,” he said.

Asked to elaborate, Parrikar later said, “Basic principle is that until we give them pain, whoever they may be, until then, such incidents will not reduce”.

In a reference to the Pathankot attack, the Minister said the country was proud of its seven soldiers who laid down their lives but he is pained by the loss. “I don't appreciate it. I have said that it is time we tell our soldiers that it is inevitable that we will lose some soldiers, and in this incident we lost one person in actual combat.”

 

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