Won’t succumb to nuclear blackmail, says Ram Madhav on Uri attack

Rajnath, Sushma, Parrikar brief Amit Shah on post-Uri developments.

Written by Liz Mathew | New Delhi | Updated: September 21, 2016 9:31 am
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WITH THE government initiating the process of isolating Pakistan internationally in the wake of the Uri terror strike, senior BJP general secretary Ram Madhav said on Tuesday that the offensive will not be only through diplomatic response.

“It’s not just diplomatic response alone, it will be handled in an appropriate manner and no kind of blackmail is going to be tolerated. Nobody wants a nuclear war in the region and nobody will succumb to nuclear blackmailing also,” said Madhav.

 

On the day of the attack on Sunday, Madhav had issued a strong statement saying “for one tooth, the complete jaw,” and that “the days of so-called strategic restraint are over.”

The party had declined to comment on these remarks.

Today, Madhav was referring to the reported remark by Pakistan’s Defence Minister Khawaja M Asif that his country would not hesitate in using tactical weapons if Pakistan’s security is threatened. “It only shows the rogue nature of the people and of the country to talk about the nuclear weapons etc,” said Madhav, who was speaking on the sidelines of a seminar organised by the India Foundation.

The BJP general secretary also indicated that the government would mount pressure on Pakistan at different levels. “ We all know the terrorist attack in Uri has seriously disturbed the people in the country. They want a strong and appropriate response from the government. It is very well appreciated by the government and the Prime Minister himself has said that the culprits shall not be spared.”

He said the government has already started certain actions at the diplomatic level to isolate Pakistan and to expose its “dubious character”. He said: “As far as other measures are concerned the government and concerned agencies have made it clear that at appropriate time, all the necessary responses will be given.”

Meanwhile, senior BJP ministers met party chief Amit Shah on Tuesday evening. Sources said External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj briefed Shah on India’s stand on Kashmir and Pakistan at the UNGA. Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar explained the post-Uri attack developments at the meeting held at the residence of Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar.

Sources said the ministers and Shah also discussed the dates for the winter and budget sessions. Senior ministers Arun Jaitley and Nitin Gadkari were also present at the meeting.

In a related development, BJP MP and former Union Home Secretary R K Singh said on Tuesday that India should “hit back in similar fashion”. “We need to hit back… The other side has to be clear that if they hit you, you will hit back; if they break a finger, you will break two… The reaction has to be not only proportionate but dissuasive as well,” he said.