New Delhi, Jan 11: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar reacted in a strong manner to the cross-border terror attacks in Pathankot. Addressing army officers on Monday, Parrikar accepted that he is “extremely pained” by the loss of seven security personnel, and promised that India would retaliate in a befitting manner, inflicting the same pain on the perpetrators. Also Read - Intelligence Warns of Suicide Attacks on IAF Bases in J&K, Orange Alert Sounded
In order to further substantiate his claim, Parrikar indicated that it would be done based on a concrete plan. “The time and place should be of our choosing. If someone is harming this country, I think that particular individual or organisation, I have purposely used the word individual or organization, should also receive similar pain. Until the pain can be transmitted, he will always enjoy giving pain to us,” he said. (ALSO READ: Manohar Parrikar salutes martyrs, asks armed forces to neutralise the enemy) Also Read - India Asks Pakistan to Expedite 26/11 Trials, Pathankot Probe And Take Credible Steps Against JeM
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Parrikar was speaking to the defence forces on the occassion of 68th Army day. “History tells you that those who damage you, if they don’t realize what pain they inflict, then they don’t change,” he further added.
The Pathankot terror attack was carried out by six militants linked to terror outfit Jaish-e-Muhammad, as appears through prima facie evidence. Pakistan, on receiving preliminary evidence from India, has initiated the probe. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has assured that his government will leave no stone unturned to act against those responsible behind the terror assault.