Nagrota attack is Pak new army chief’s message to India, says ex-Home Secretary R K Singh

Singh said Pakistan continued to "bleed" India through such terrorist attacks, adding that the recently conducted PoK surgical strike by the Indian Army was not a "one-off" event.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:November 29, 2016 5:02 pm
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The terror attack at Nagrota in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday is a “message” sent by Pakistan’s newly appointed army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa to India, former Home Secretary R K Singh said. “We need to take note of the fact that this is the (Pakistan) new Army chief sending a message. His policy will be same as followed by the predecessor…We (also) need to send across a message to him,” he said.

“India will hit back harder every time it is targeted,” he said. The BJP MP’s remarks came after militants in police uniform attacked an Army artillery unit in Nagrota, killing three Army personnel, including an officer, and leaving several others injured.

Singh said Pakistan continued to “bleed” India through such terrorist attacks, adding that the recently conducted PoK surgical strike by the Indian Army was not a “one-off” event.

“It was a statement of policy…Our policy is that we will hit you back every time you hit us. We will hit you back harder. So, I think a couple of more time we hit them back, it will certainly settle in their mind,” he said.

The BJP leader added that India needed to “follow up on its policy of imposing cost” and that the “Army should revisit the security procedure in general, particularly in Jammu and Kashmir.”