India has the capability to carry out an Abbottabad-style attack,but wont as such a move is against its democratic principles,Scientific Adviser to the defence minister V K Saraswat said on Wednesday.
Saraswats comments came days after Pakistan warned India against considering any such an operation and amid talk in some sections of the strategic community and the media about whether India could emulate the Americans to eliminate its most-wanted who are hiding in Pakistan.
Saraswat was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a National Technology Day function at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre. This day marks the anniversary of successful nuclear tests in Pokhran on May 11 and 13,1998.
India is never going to unnecessarily take cudgels on any system. Our democratic system and polices dont allow us to go to another country and start killing people. We dont gain anything by killing. But,in terms of capability,India is well-equipped to meet any such challenge and we have the skills to carry out this kind of an operation, Saraswat said when asked if India had the capability to mount such an attack.
Saraswat also said that warfare technology would be developed enough by 2020 to possibly include an unmanned battlefield with unmanned systems and a single command centre,unmanned ground,aerial and underwater vehicles,unmanned tanks and gun-mounted robots.
On DRDOs future projects and focus areas,Saraswat,who heads the premier defence organisation,said it would include high-powered laser,microwaves and particle beams to target enemy missiles,and anti-satellite neutralization or destruction of hostile satellites. Focus areas will also include futuristic laser weapons.