Government won’t be aggressive, but will not take things lying down: Manohar Parrikar

Parrikar said if the 'timetable' of such violations is observed, there is always some political angle to them.

By: PTI | Mumbai | Updated: November 24, 2016 2:22 pm
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Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday said the recent surgical strike across the LoC has put forth the message that the government will not be aggressive, but at the same time “will also not take things lying down”. He also said the cross-border tension would ease if Pakistan stops violating ceasefire agreement.

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“Surgical strike has given a message that Indian government will not be aggressive but will also not take things lying down,” Parrikar told reporters after commissioning new warship ‘INS Chennai’ in Mumbai.

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 is observed, there is always some political angle to them.

“The tension between India and Pakistan would cool down only when Pakistan will stop violating ceasefire agreement,” he said. Parrikar said Prime Minister Narendra Modi tried to improve the relations between the two countries “but he was severely criticised”.

We welcome good relations always, but not at the cost of national interest,” he added. When asked about growing indigenisation of technology in ship building and missiles, the Defence Minister said, “We want to achieve 75 per cent indigenisation of technology at least. One must not forget that 100 per cent indigenisation of such technology is not possible anywhere in the world.”

Parrikar also said that the need is to increase the speed to clear the backlog of projects.

“Most of the defence projects are streamlined and the waiting period for their commencement and completion has come down drastically. We need to increase the speed and focus on projects more so that we will complete the backlog. Synergy of various departments has helped to achieve it,” he said.

Earlier, the minister commissioned ‘INS Chennai’, the third indigenously designed guided missile destroyer in the Kolkata class. Built at the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd in Mumbai, the ship’s construction also marks the end of the Project 15A to build Kolkata-class guided missile destroyers.

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    Onkar Singh
    Nov 21, 2016 at 12:20 pm
    Parrikkar are you competent to express your views?Or you have been asked by Modi to speak.Be careful of what you speak.Do you have enough ammunition in your stock?to engage in a war,or like Modi also you are " firing in the air" to scare stan?Hope the Deshbhakts and RSS are lined up on the border in Punjab and JandK to fight for this country.
    1. S
      Nov 21, 2016 at 1:54 pm
      Immatured defense ministter of India always delivering loose talks , he things war is child's play. If war comes both the countries wii loose heavily in terms of lives and property the winner is armsand ammunition producers and middle men.
      1. S
        Nov 21, 2016 at 1:27 pm
        1. A
          Nov 21, 2016 at 1:09 pm
          This message is for stan - drawing red lines. Not for some of the irate writers here.
          1. R
            Nov 21, 2016 at 3:05 pm
            Indian express, India Today, NDTV, CNNIBN...etc. are all manned by their top people who lived as parasites on Indian congress stooges conditioned to easy-money and easy-life....their sheepishnesss is now visible in the way they walk and talk....trying their pretentious ways in public life......unprepared to believe that even a high-schooler of the 21st century india can see through their double standards....this is what Modi's incoming has changed !
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