Manohar Parrikar: Those who harm us must experience the same pain

"I am of the opinion, it should not be taken as a government thinking, I always believe that if anyone harms you, he understands the same language," Parrikar said.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: January 12, 2016 3:43 am
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Days after the terror attack on the Pathankot airbase which India suspects was carried out by the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Muhammad, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said Monday any “individual or organisation” harming the country “should also receive the pain of such activities” and “how, when and where should be your choice”.

Speaking in New Delhi at a seminar ahead of the 68th Army Day — the gathering included Chief of Army Staff General Dalbir Singh and senior officers — Parrikar said: “I am of the opinion, it should not be taken as a government thinking, I always believe that if anyone harms you, he understands the same language.”

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“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.”

Speaking to reporters later, Parrikar said: “History tells (us) that those who damage you, if they don’t realise what pain they inflict, then they don’t change.”

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

Referring to the Pathankot attack, he said the country was proud of its seven soldiers who laid down their lives but he was 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. We should tell them to think of the concept of taking life of your enemy, enemy of the country, instead of giving your life. This is an important aspect,” he said.

He said while sacrifice is respected, what the nation needs is to “neutralise” the enemy.

Asked if that means there is a change in policy from the previous UPA government, Parrikar said, “If someone comes and hammers you, you should keep quiet? Was that the policy?”

“What I am saying is basically that history tells you that those who damage you, if they don’t realise what pain they inflict, then they don’t change,” he said.

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    Zeez
    Jan 11, 2016 at 1:41 pm
    All those who comment against MODIOT's LOVE FOR NAWAZ SHARIFF are those individuals who kar says will be hit back. Beware anti-Modi commenters.
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      TIHAEwale
      Jan 11, 2016 at 6:38 pm
      So Manohar is out of tune in the Feku56 Govt
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        Ajay Singh
        Jan 11, 2016 at 8:54 am
        And kindly ask the IAF chief - last photographed grinning sycophantically at the PM during his visit to Pathankot as if there was anything to grin about - to repair the fences on his bases, replace the light bulbs, weed out any more ISI agents in his ranks and train his Garuds to actually do something, like guarding air bases instead of the pot bellied DSC. The DSC can go home to enjoy the OROP you have so kindly bestowed ... the Garuds need to do something more than just look sylish in sungles at air shows to impress the womenfolk. Just buying expensive imported fighters is not enough ... especially as at the pace your ministry works that may take several mores more ... we had better simply protect the few khatara Migs we have got left.
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          Ajay Singh
          Jan 11, 2016 at 8:50 am
          Well, Mr Parrikar if your ministry and the armed forces it oversees are really capable of punishing the Jaish and the on their home ground ISI in stan (unlike after 26/11) then I would advise you to speak up in the cabinet and convince your boss to strike against them in stan. Making statements to the press with empty threats impresses neither the Indian public not the ISI.
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            Anil Pathak
            Jan 11, 2016 at 2:49 pm
            Survival today is preparations, with worst response. You let them live, they let you die.
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              Arun
              Jan 11, 2016 at 4:23 pm
              Manohar Parrikar talks nonsense always. He is not good enough to be a Minister. He should be replaced immediately. He should be sent back to RSS work.
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                Asif
                Jan 11, 2016 at 8:48 am
                Thats his personal opinion ,I am sure govt would be refrain from using force to neutralise enemy
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                  Avinash
                  Jan 11, 2016 at 10:29 am
                  Dear sir, Not now. You are an Intellectual. Please act like one. You started with loud mouth but soon got over it. In fact last few months were good silent and work focused. Please follow the same path, This doesn't mean don't teach stan a lesson ... but that should be thru your actions not cheap words fanning undue emotions.
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