Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been on the offensive after a suicide attack by Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) killed 40 CRPF jawans in Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir. He refused to cow down by the scourge of terrorism.
A few days after the Pulwama attack that sent the nation into mourning, Indian Air Force fighter jets bombed JeM’s biggest terror training camp in Balakot, deep inside Pakistan. Rattled by the unexpected response by India, Pakistani jets violated the Indian airspace. The dogfight in the sky saw one Indian pilot captured by Pakistan only to be returned within 48 hours under severe diplomatic pressure. With its response to the Pulwama terror attack, India has shown the world that it won’t tolerate terrorism anymore.
After the surgical strike 2.0, described as a non-military, pre-emptive action, Prime Minister Modi has been sending stern messages to the terrorists. Here are recent top quotes that reflect his determination to uproot terrorism- be it homegrown or emanating from across the border.
1. In a tough message to terrorists, PM Modi while speaking at a rally in Gujarat, said, “Balakot air strike won’t be the last one.”
2. “Chun chun ke hisab lena fitrat hai, ghar mein ghus kar marenge (Will go into the houses of terrorists and kill them, it is in my nature to the settle score and I can’t wait any longer as our security forces have shown valour)”
3. Vowing to eliminate terrorism at any cost, he said, “Will kill them even if they hide in the bowels of the earth.”
4. “I don’t care about the chair, I care about our country. I have protected the country’s people,” he said while launching a scathing attack on Opposition for questioning the intent of the air strike at a time country is facing Lok Sabha elections.
While sending warnings to the terrorists and their handlers across the border in the wake of Pulwama attacks and India’s tough response to it, PM Modi also lambasted the Opposition for politicising the matter of national security as several leaders from the Opposition parties have raised questions over the effectiveness of the surgical strikes and its intent during the election season. Also, he asked, if the motive was electoral gains, ‘which election was due when I did the first surgical strike against terror launch pads in PoK?’