Taking a dig at Pakistan, which warned India against a Myanmar-like operation on their soil, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Thursday said those who fear India’s new posture have already started reacting. Referring to the Myanmar operation as a change in mindset, Parrikar said the simple action against militants has changed the security scenario in the country.
“If the thinking pattern changes, lot of things change. You have seen for the last two-three days… A simple action against insurgents has changed the mindset of the full security scenario in the country,” Parrikar said at a seminar in the Capital. Parrikar, however, said he would not go into the details of the operation.
The Defence Minister’s comments come on the backdrop of Pakistan’s reaction to the June 9 operation of the Indian Army, wherein Para Commandos of the Special Forces entered Myanmar territory to kill militants claimed to be responsible for June 4 attack.
Pakistan’s Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan had on Wednesday said that “Pakistan is not Myanmar” and added that “those having ill designs against Pakistan should listen carefully that our security forces are capable of matching response to any adventurism.”
Former military ruler General Pervez Musharraf too on Thursday said Pakistan developed nuclear weapons not for cracking during celebrations, indicating that the country’s nuclear capability is meant for self-defence and as a deterrent to India.
Pakistan’s response was directed towards remarks by Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting who on June 9 had said that the military action inside Myanmar was a message to “other countries” too.