Manohar Parrikar: Small incidents of terror must be treated as war

Sending out a message to Pakistan, India today said it wants good relations but not at the cost of its "pride, dignity and self-respect".

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: March 17, 2016 4:59 am
Manohar Parrikar, Mula river, Amar Sable, Bopkhel protest, pune news Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar. Express Photo

Small incidents of terrorism must be “treated as a war”, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said in Lok Sabha on Wednesday during a discussion on the terror attack at the Pathankot airbase. He added that “our enemies cannot go scot-free.”

“This has to be treated as a war. Even small incidents of terrorism of this nature have to be treated as a war… You cannot have a running commentary about such operations on television etc. This puts security forces in danger,” Parikkar said.

“We are definitely in the process to ensure that our enemies don’t go scot-free,” he also said.

Clarifying that he had never tweeted about the Pathankot operation being over prematurely, Parrikar said, “There was, probably, a small error which was immediately corrected.” On January 2, a tweet from Home Minister Rajnath Singh said “all five terrorists have been neutralised,”and it was later withdrawn.

Parrikar said a total of six terrorists were killed. “Using all these weapons and also Air Force helicopters, finally, around 5.30, one terrorist was killed by DSC jawan and the remaining three were eliminated there. So, at that moment, at 3 o’clock , the same day, I had conducted a meeting and we had come to a conclusion that there were probably more terrorists. That is why the operation was kept on. Next day at 11 o’clock, the other two terrorists were engaged when they started firing,” Parrikar said.


Parrikar was replying after Opposition MPs attacked the PM, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Parrikar for the government’s handling of the terror attack. They also questioned the government’s policy on Pakistan. “When they failed in conventional wars, as they failed in 1965 and 1971, the enemy resorted to a thousand cuts, trying to bleed India…. Pathankot has to be taken as a part of asymmetric war,” Parrikar said.

Stating that intelligence build-up cannot take place overnight, Parrikar referred to the Technical Services Division (TDS), a secret intelligence unit that was set up by MoS, External Affairs, and former Army Chief, General V K Singh.

“Intelligence which was developed, whether it is deep assets or the attempt of TDS formation by General V K Singh, fell to political aspirations, to political policies and political point-scoring. It is not only Ishrat Jahan,” Parrikar said. “I can quote many instances when military intelligence has been sacrificed at the altar of political goals,” he added.

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    Biju Joseph
    Mar 17, 2016 at 10:06 am
    stan can be subdued by hitting their stomach only. The first step in case of next hostility should be the diversion of all rivers from Kashmir to stan. Let their Punjab become another Ethiopia. Then only these wily people will understand the significance of having India as their neighbor.
    1. B
      Mar 17, 2016 at 1:09 am
      Abe c h u y a uncal tom rss you all looks used condome in chaddi forget about finding any one
      1. P
        Mar 17, 2016 at 4:14 am
        So according to Parrikar, stan has declared war against India several times since his gov took office and what was the response of our "Bol Bachan" minister? Surrender!
        1. N
          Mar 17, 2016 at 2:52 am
          Some crimes are even worse than a war....and we must define a category which must be dealt as if it would be a war crime. I would propose that the m rapes that happened in Murthal, and the moot police which did nothing while physically present there should be treated like war criminals. If the police had shot those goons, women who were raped worse than animals, may still have some respect left for their motherland !
          1. S
            Mar 17, 2016 at 6:02 am
            only speak against stan but never act to keep the issues alive, that is how you win the next electionsgt; BJP
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