New Delhi: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday indicated at yet another surgical strike-like operation on the terror launch pads across the border to avenge the killing of BSF jawan, Narendra Singh, by the Pakistani troops. Addressing a gathering on the second anniversary of the 2016 surgical strikes across the Line of Control (LoC), Rajnath Singh slammed Pakistan saying the neighbouring country keeps fostering unrest and doesn’t refrain from its wicked activities.
Even though Singh hinted at another Army operation, he didn’t elaborate leaving people guessing if another surgical strike had happened. Referring to the killing of Singh, the Home Minister said, “Our neighbouring country Pakistan keeps fostering unrest. It doesn’t refrain from its nefarious activities. People often raise how they mistreat our BSF jawans…You might have seen something.”
“Kuch hua hai main bataunga nahi…Vishwas rakhna theek thaak hua hai do din pehle…aur aage dekhiye kya hoga (Something big has happened, I won’t say what…it has gone alright just two-three days ago. Some people know. And you will see ahead, what happens). I have told the BSF, they are our neighbours, don’t fire the first bullet. But if they fire the first one, don’t count how many you fire back.”
Earlier this week, Army chief General Bipin Rawat had hinted at a “surprise” surgical strike when he was asked if another one could be expected in view of the killing of three soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district. “I believe there is a need for one more action (surgical strike). But I would not want to disclose how we want to do it,” he had told India Today in an interview.
“Surgical strike is a weapon of surprise. Let it remain a surprise,” he said, news agency ANI reported. “Pakistan wants these types of trouble (violence) to continue in Kashmir. They want that peace shouldn’t return to this area. They’re trying to radicalize the youth of Kashmir. Pakistan has decided to bleed India with a thousand cuts,” Army chief said.
After 18 Indian soldiers were martyred in an attack by Pakistan-backed terrorists in Uri in 2016, the Indian Army had retaliated by carrying out punitive strikes in Pakistan-administered Kashmir and killed terrorists on the intervening night of September 28-29, 2016.