New Delhi: Days after 40 CRPF personnel killed in one the deadliest attack on security forces in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir, Union Finance minister Arun Jaitley, while speaking at the Global Business Summit here warned Pakistan and said that India will exercise all options, diplomatic or otherwise, to win a decisive battle against the neighbour.
Referring Pakistan as a ‘rogue state’, Jaitley said the country is not acting against perpetrators of the attack, though the guilty have themselves admitted to the attack and were taking credit for it.
He also mocked Pak PM Imran Khan for demanding evidences of Islamabad’s involvement in the dastardly attack.
“The head of the government says, give me actionable intelligence. You need an actionable intelligence if it is a blind offence, but here is a man sitting in your own country who owned up to the offence. So when there is a confession…You have people sitting in your own country and admitting to the offence and saying that yes we have done it and taking credit for it”. He asserted that Pakistan leadership, is “riding a tiger on this issue and tiger never spares its own rider”.
He added,”India today is extremely angry. In my lifetime, we have seen wars, we have seen human tragedies, we have seen prime ministers assassinated by terrorists. But the kind of anger which has been there, even on previous occasions, the one this time is unprecedented.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has already stated that India will exercise all its instruments at its commands, whether it is diplomatic or otherwise. “Therefore, we have to act in a manner that this battle has to be decisively won by us because Pakistan is not willing to give up its traditional role in our neighbourhood as a rogue state. This is not a one week battle. It should be undertaken in various forms.”
Earlier on Friday, in a veiled attack on Pakistan on cross-border terrorism, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that time has come for the global community to join hands to completely eradicate terrorist networks and their supply channels and to counter terrorist ideology.