‘You have to neutralise terrorist through terrorist only,’ says Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar

He said this government is different from the previous one because it has given the Army a free hand to tackle terrorists through intelligence.

Written by Pranav Kulkarni | New Delhi | Updated: May 22, 2015 8:26 am
Manohar Parrikar, Ordnance Factory Board, Indian National Defence Workers Federation, INTUC, Bharat Pratiraksha Mazdoor Sangh, All-India Defence Employees Federation, Kelkar committee, defence ministry, Ordnance Factories Board, OFB, Manohar Parrikar, OFB He said the Army has been given standing instructions to shoot armed infiltrators, ensure minimum collateral damage and no loss of life of its own.

Saying he would take “proactive steps” to meet any threat to the country, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar Thursday said “you have to neutralise terrorist through terrorist only”.

To make his point, he quoted a Hindi saying “kaante se kaanta nikaalte hain” (you have to extract a thorn with a thorn) and said: “Why can’t we do it? We should do it. Why my soldier has to do it all the time?”

Read: Pakistan boat explosion: Occupants not smugglers but possible terrorists, says Parrikar

Responding to a question at Manthan Aaj Tak in New Delhi, Parrikar said: “If any country, why Pakistan, is planning something against my country, I will take proactive steps. Of course, not in the public domain. But what I have to do, I will do it. Whether it is diplomatic, whether it is pressure tactics or whether it is using the… woh usko bolte hain na Marathi mein kaante se kaanta nikaalte hain… Hindi mein bhi rahega… you have to neutralise terrorist through terrorist only.”

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He said this government is different from the previous one because it has given the Army a free hand to tackle terrorists through intelligence.

“Many attempts have been foiled and many neutralisations have taken place… if you see, recent incidents… Army knew about the hideout of the terrorists, they took them on at the place of their hiding… Security forces go by the guarantee of the government standing by them… and I can tell as a Defence Minister, I stand by the Army at any cost.”

He said the Army has been given standing instructions to shoot armed infiltrators, ensure minimum collateral damage and no loss of life of its own.

“Do not allow loss of life from our side. But take precautions that you do not make collateral damage… woh precaution lena hi hai (we have to take that precaution). You don’t touch civilians, unarmed. But if some one (is) with arms, shoot him… The instruction has a further line: do not allow loss of life from our side as far as possible. Use whatever equipment, people from our side,” he said, referring to incidents in which Army men have been killed while fighting terrorists.

He also spoke on the New Year day incident involving a Pakistani boat off Porbandar. “I took the flak (over the incident). I could have said that the Coast Guard may have done something wrong. No, they did not. I inquired everything, but I realised that they did not do anything wrong and followed the SOP (standard operating procedure). They should not be made to suffer. May be some people quoted Karachi sources. I am surprised. How can you quote Karachi for a defence matter of India?”

The Indian Express had reported that there were doubts on the Coast Guard claim of an explosion on board the boat. Later, a Board of Inquiry indicted Coast Guard DIG B K Loshali for his remark on February 16 that he had ordered the Pakistani boat to be “blown off” on the night of December 31-January 1.

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    R S
    Mar 10, 2017 at 6:45 am
    Who are the terrorists Mr. RM Manohar Parrikar- the Jawans who you pay more than their worth in money? ‘Do you call every Jawan (JCO and OR) a terrorist?’ Or ‘Are you now planning to recruit and train terrorists like stan to protect your BJP and its nationalist patriots? lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;It is learnt from an Ex Jawans' delegation that you recent said to them “‘You ( JCOs and ORs) hide in the toilets whenever there come the gun shots and only Commissioned Officers face it defend (YOUR) country’…and… ‘you are paid a lot more than your worth’”. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Mr Parrikar, you may not know but the Indian history remembers that NOT the Commissioned Officers but only the Jawans (JCO and OR) were responsible for every mutiny during British regime and the Jawans were always as brave as the your Commissioned Officers during ever past wars with (your) India’s enemies. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Mr Parrikar. Are you planning to soon retrench every soldier who is not your Commissioned Officer? Will you and your Commissioned Officers now command the terrorists in (your) India? lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Country will neither forget the sacrifices of Jawans nor will it forget YOU, Mr. RM Parrikar, for insulting its brave soldiers (Jawans).lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Jai Hind.
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      R S
      Mar 10, 2017 at 7:10 am
      Who are the terrorists, Mr. RM, Manohar Parrikar, the Jawans whom you pay more than their lives’ worth in money? Or ‘Are you calling every Jawan (JCO and OR) a terrorist?’ Mr. RM, are you now planning to recruit and train terrorists like stan to protect your BJP and its nationalist patriots?lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;It is learnt from an Ex Jawans' delegation (which met you recently to request you to remove pay and pension anomalies) that you said to them “‘You ( JCOs and ORs) hide in the toilets whenever there come the gun shots and only Commissioned Officers face it to defend the country’…and… ‘You are paid a lot more than your lives’ worth’”. My words here may be a little different but your expressed the same as is told by those Ex soldiers.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Mr Parrikar, you may not know but the Indian history remembers that NOT the Commissioned Officers but only the Jawans (JCO and OR) were responsible for every mutiny for freedom, equality and independence during the British regime and the Jawans were always as brave as your Commissioned Officers during every past wars which (your) India fought with enemies.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Mr Parrikar. Are you planning to soon retrench every soldier who is not your Commissioned Officer? Will you and your Commissioned Officers now command the terrorists in / from (your) India?lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Country will neither ever forget the sacrifices of Jawans (JCOs and ORs) nor will it forget YOU, Mr. RM Parrikar, for insulting its brave sons.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Jai Hind.
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        r_p_trip@yahoo.co
        May 22, 2015 at 6:20 am
        I am not overjo on Defence Minister's comment. I am simply satisfied that after a long time, now India has got a Defence Minister who is clear about Indian response towards Terrorists, Anti National Elements (ANE). Such clear thinking will certainly help in formulating policies which is in National interest.
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          shakeel
          May 22, 2015 at 4:42 pm
          Tommorow our Minister Parrikkar will use this thing against all Indians who oppose BJP Insted of carrying ADHAR card now we have to carry certificate issued by RSS saying we are Indian and follow thire idiology other wise with our Minister FATWA they will kill any one with out reason and the press will say he is most wanted terroist
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            shakeel
            May 22, 2015 at 4:38 pm
            when we have the power to kill we have the power to catch if BJP goes with this killing policy what is need of our rule of law. Oh I forget with bjp in power we have JUNGLE RAJ which wll have a long lasting impact on our system in years to come
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              TIHAEwale
              May 22, 2015 at 3:28 pm
              DM got carried away like his party president.Clandestine operations YES but Terrorism cannot be our State Policy.
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                ashutosh khanna
                May 22, 2015 at 11:22 am
                India should do anything to defend its honour and protect its border and people.
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                  Raj Ranju
                  May 22, 2015 at 5:04 pm
                  By now you should know that fighting terror with terror never works out. Ask US they have been fighting terrorists from a long time back..has it ever finished?
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                    sanjiv chadha
                    May 22, 2015 at 8:29 pm
                    it is simply shortsightedness one should remeember what happens to U.S after they supported Al qaida against USSR &stan support to taliban against Afganistan.Rajiv hi support to LTTE & Indira hi's support to Bhindrawale against Akali's.
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                      Chand
                      May 22, 2015 at 6:55 pm
                      Any suggestions on how to handle "internal terrorists".... vis-a-vis corrupt diplomats and officials who use legal and illegal means to take away peace and money of public.... Who promise something and deliver something else... who delay justice and judgement....
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                        Deepak Singh
                        May 22, 2015 at 3:05 pm
                        Parikkar's idea of making terrorists fight each as he says kante ko kante sae nikalna ,great idea no,we must admit . #RSSVsLeT
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                          Deepak
                          May 23, 2015 at 3:37 am
                          Hats up Defence Minister.
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                            Harry
                            May 22, 2015 at 8:37 pm
                            Encounter.
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                              Harry
                              May 22, 2015 at 5:32 pm
                              US has not been fighting terror with terror. Instead they went to person with address, Saddam Hussein of Iraq. Now they are paying price for putting their nose where it does not belong.
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                                Harry
                                May 22, 2015 at 5:33 pm
                                We should be like our Muslim brothers, especially stanis.
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                                  DLSastry
                                  May 22, 2015 at 9:28 pm
                                  Defence Minister is right. Because of too much restraint we have lost too many armed men for nothing. Army has to be given a free hand in dealing with the terrorists. They are disciplined and know what is good for the country. We can not afford to lose a well trained and educated army officer for a brute uncultured terrorist who knows only how to kill. Army loses have to be minimised.
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                                    ah
                                    May 22, 2015 at 11:15 am
                                    Al Qaeda, IS, Hizb Ul Mujahidden, JKLF all are justified because they are fighting TERRORISM with TERRORISM , right? OR do you mean to say Babari Masjid, Hasimppura, Godhra, Bhagalpur these are not TERRORIST acts?
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                                      ah
                                      May 22, 2015 at 11:16 am
                                      Foot in Mouth has reached Cabinet Ministers also ................
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                                        shyam
                                        May 23, 2015 at 10:28 pm
                                        All countries do it without being apologetic. What is covert operations any way?
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                                          GANDHI MRK
                                          May 22, 2015 at 1:27 pm
                                          I am afraid you have not taken permission from Modiji. Having joined with separatists in Kashmir, it cannot lie in the mouth of any bjp leader to say all this. It is now power politics. I bet Mr. geelani will get pports; you cannot stop this. Sir spk with head and not with heart.
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                                            gopal
                                            May 22, 2015 at 5:39 pm
                                            The minister is right. Give the army a free hand to deal with the terrorists. Kill them before they kill you. No point in arresting them and putting them in jails. And if possible, take terror back to the people who use terror against India. The terrorists only understand the language of violence.
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