Will teach a lesson to mastermind of Pathankot airbase attack: Manohar Parrikar

Parrikar said the pushers†of the attacks were in Pakistan, refusing to disclose further details.

New Delhi: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday said India will “surely” teach a lesson to the mastermind of the Pathankot air base attack and admitted that the terrorists were probably inside the air base even before intelligence about an impending strike was received.

Noting that India “is losing much of its patience”, Parrikar said the country will give tit-for-tat. “Eent ka jawaab patthar se denge (we will reply to bricks with stones),” he said.

Parrikar said the “pushers” of the attacks were in Pakistan, refusing to disclose further details.

“You have to plan. Here I have named individual and organisation, and has not named any country, because if it’s against a country, then it means war. We want to teach a lesson to the individual. Where and when, that will be our choice,” Parrikar said in Rajat Sharma's show 'Aap Ki Adalat' on India TV.

Asked why India has not launched a counter-attack against terror camps in Pakistan after Pathankot incident, Parrikar was quoted in a press release by India TV as saying that the time will be chosen by India. “How do you know where we should strike and where we should not. Such things are not disclosed in public. We must have the capability. And Pakistan... I will not name any country... They take sort of fights with us by sending terrorists. Such people need to be taught a lesson. But when, how and at what time, should be decided based on our convenience,” he said.

Parrikar said there has been fresh information that some of the Pathankot attackers were inside the air base even before the Intelligence was received.

( Source : PTI )
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