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‘IAF had option of deep strike inside Pak soon after 26/11’

India had various options vis-a-vis Pak following Mumbai attacks and the force had intelligence to do what it wanted,Air Chief Fali Homi Major said.

Written by Agencies | New Delhi |
May 27, 2009 6:20:40 pm

India had various options vis-a-vis Pakistan following the 26/11 Mumbai attacks and the force had “enough” intelligence to do what it wanted,Air Chief Fali Homi Major said on Wednesday.

“There were certain options,which were certainly discussed. Depending on the objective and the task given,IAF had enough intelligence to do what it wanted to do then,” Major told reporters here during a joint press conference with his successor and chief-designate Air Marshal P V Naik.

However,Major,who will be retiring from service after nearly four decades in the IAF and over two years as its chief,said the present situation along the International Border and the Line of Control were “absolutely normal.”

He refused to reveal what the government had discussed with the armed forces immediately after the Mumbai terror attacks that claimed nearly 200 lives,including NSG commandos and senior Maharastra police officers.

Voicing concern over India knowing “little” about China’s capability,the IAF chief said,however,there was “no escalation” of tension between the two countries at present.

“The threat word was removed from IAF dictionary many years ago. We do not want to be threat-centric,but want to be capability-based. Threat and Intent are two different things. We have certain capability to deal with conflict situation in its entire spectrum,” he said.

Asked how IAF was placed vis-a-vis China in terms of its fleet and equipment,Major said: “We are placed very well. We are taking more measures to further improve our combat efficiency and proficiency.”

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