We’ll bring our soldier back, says Manohar Parrikar

He was addressing the media after a programme on Swachh Bharat Abhiyan organised by Pune Cantonment Board on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti.

Written by Sushant Kulkarni | Pune | Updated: October 14, 2016 12:08 pm
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Standard mechanism at the level of Director Generals of Military Operation (DGMO) of India and Pakistan has been “activated” to bring back the soldier captured by Pakistan after he had “inadvertently crossed the Line of Control”, said Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in Pune on Sunday. He was addressing the media after a programme on Swachh Bharat Abhiyan organised by Pune Cantonment Board on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti.

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When asked about Indian soldier Chandu Babulal Chavan of 37 Rashtriya Rifles, who has been captured by Pakistan, Parrikar said, “Sometimes soldiers cross the LoC by mistake. This particular incident had nothing to do with the surgical strike. There is a standard mechanism at the level of the DGMO, which has been activated. Since the situation is tense right now, it will take some days to bring the soldier back. But we will do it.”

Asked about the time-frame for the arrival of the first batch of Rafale fighter jets from France, he said, “According to the terms of the deal, it is 36 months. But they may arrive slightly earlier as we have requested them to deliver a little early.”

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Appealing for cleanliness, Parrikar, in his speech at the event, said Swachh Bharat was a dream of Mahatma Gandhi. If each person keeps the surroundings where he or she lives and works clean, India can achieve the dream of Swachh Bharat, the minister added.

Parrikar also visited the site of the sewage treatment plant under construction at Boottee Street in Camp.

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  1. A
    Oct 3, 2016 at 3:20 am
    What is the need to rant.. can't they just do it. Gosh this publicity business is not gonna take us anywhere
    1. D
      Oct 3, 2016 at 1:30 am
      stan will soon be divided into 4 pieces.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;insha allah..lt;br/gt;allah ki yahi marzi hai..lt;br/gt;aameen..
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        Kim Sharma
        Oct 3, 2016 at 3:59 am
        Surgical strike won't happen every day and Modi would be judged by concrete results rather than well-bed schemes or initiatives across multiple fronts. Let us accept that the PoK attack is the sole good thing of the Modi govt that will have a result -- revenge attacks, war, or fewer infiltrations across the JandK border - if we are fortunate. The PM was desperate to conduct the army operation as it was the perfect move to cover the failures of the government. As the saying goes, a war or similar act is the last resort of the incompetent. Modi has risked a war because of his folly and arrogance. Even Atalji endangered the country like Modi and made the world jittery about the prospects of a nuclear war. As our Hindu ego is swelled up by the new dispensation in Delhi, we can't realise the dangers or the follies of our Delhi leaders. Carried away by empty rhetorics and hate-mongering all around, even by pressutes, we speak about surgical strikes or a likely war as if it would be a Indo-Pak cricket match in Sharjah or elsewhere.lt;br/gt;Unfortunately, there is no end to the depressing or negative stories in these last couple of years. We talk about war; also about contagious diseases all around.lt;br/gt;The debate will soon veer to whether Narendra Modi will leave a pathetic legacy or at least a mediocre one. (Let's be realistic). Now, after two-and-a-half years it is clear there are no good times when Modi is at the helm. We are good at blaming the previous governments and their leaders or even the AAptards. There is some truth in what our rivals have been telling. On the ground there are no results that match the high-pitched campaigns or schemes of high b value. Even a typical govt move or action is being termed a historic one. One more shool or road or any increase in tax collection is being bandied about unprecedented. That shows the pettiness and desperation of our leaders.lt;br/gt;Even months back, sickular kongressis were charging that economy is in doldrums. True, several economic indicators don't shed a positive light on the govt, despite a few initiatives that has high b value, at least. Latest employment survey is proof that initiatives like Make in India are a flop. Ignore the economy. The country is literally sick. Diseases all over. There is no end to depressing events as Modi rules. His rule has become a joke and he a bluffmaster. Modi can't do anything, except talk and travel. Modi flattered to deceive. Petty people for whom Indian history commenced in 2014 May, any petty act of the Modi govt gives goosebumps.
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          Ashok Mazumdar
          Oct 3, 2016 at 1:25 am
          I thought he was released.
          1. Devisahai Meena
            Oct 3, 2016 at 2:51 am
            Exchange with 7 Pak fishermen captured by Indian coast guards because its only the way for this GoI.
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