Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Sunday said that an unstable Pakistan will continue to wage a covert war and India needs to prepare itself to repel it.
Chavan was speaking at a book release function where a Marathi translation of Tinderbox: The Past and Future of Pakistan written by senior journalist M J Akbar. The translation was published by NGO Sarhad.
The book is part of the project by Sarhad in association with Chinar Publications under which 50 books written on Pakistan would be published in Marathi to foster a better understanding of the neighbouring nation among the Marathi-knowing masses.
We cant choose our neighbours,we will have to put up and live with reality … they (rulers of Pakistan) are unhappy with the fact that our country is progressing as a secular democratic nation while theirs is following a downward trajectory. This is the reason efforts are being made on their part to destabilise us.
Following Pakistans loss in the 1971 war,its rulers have adopted strategies of a covert war. There are terrorist attacks and efforts to spark riots between religious communities is evident in these efforts. We should strengthen ourselves and be prepared to effectively nullify any such efforts, said Chavan.
Reminiscing his visits to Pakistan,Chavan said its important to increase contact between the citizens of two countries.
Instead of spending on defence and war,both countries need to boost trade. Efforts by Sarhad to increase the understanding between the two countries is praiseworthy, he said.