Updated: January 17, 2016 6:05:27 am
Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Saturday said the country has run out of its capacity to tolerate acts of terror and that he, too, as the Defence Minister, can’t tolerate it anymore.
“Sehne ki jo kshamta thi desh ki, wo khatam ho gayi. As a raksha mantri, meri khatam ho gayi. Toh iske upar kuch na kuch zarur karenge, aapko dikhega (The nation has run out of its capacity to tolerate [acts of terror] and as a Defence Minister, I, too, have run out of it. So we will do something about it, you’ll see),” said Parrikar, while talking to the media in Jaipur.
The Union minister was responding to a question about whether he was satisfied with Pakistan’s investigation in the terror attack on the Pathankot air base in Punjab.
When asked whether a Pakistani joint investigation team will be visiting the Pathankot air base, Parrikar said that he doesn’t know of any such news. “I don’t know. Without my permission, no one can come, I can guarantee. Those terrorists who came in, they were the last,” the minister said.
On the recent cases of armymen being caught in “honey traps” and a hawk being reportedly caught with a camera on the Indo-Pak border, he said that these “spy techniques” were employed “10,000 years ago” as well.
“What can be better than a drone. You can’t programme a pigeon; there is no guarantee that it’ll go only where you want it. Though we have solutions for this,” he said, adding, “We have issued instructions about the dangers. But such incidents are few and we are trying to reduce them further.There should be public alertness about Facebook, its dangers, and how you can be trapped.”
On the threats to army installations, the Defence minister reiterated the instructions for their security audit, “Base commanders have been asked to undertake a primary security audit, while a secondary security audit will be by special teams.” He added that the bases are also being classified on the basis of their “sensitivity”.
On the influence of Islamic State (IS) in India, Parrikar said, “You get the records. Hundreds and thousands of people in western countries have left for IS but not much influence of IS is seen here.”
Parrikar was in Jaipur to seek inputs for the annual Budget from the general public. Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore, who accompanied Parrikar, said all Union ministers have been instructed to visit two parliamentary constituencies for the exercise.
“I have done this experiment in Goa; five-10 inputs, out of 100, are useful. And 10-15 inputs are such that it is important to implement them. You also get clinching inputs on ground difficulties,” said Parrikar, a former Goa Chief Minister.
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