New Delhi: Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu has asserted that India doesn’t need any support to combat terrorism, it is capable to do so by itself. Naidu was addressing a gathering of members of the Indian community in Paraguay when he spoke about the strain in India, Pakistan relations as also his country’s stance on the same.
He said, “Terror is the enemy of humanity. It has no religion. It’s mad and bad. It should be eliminated from the globe. But that can only be possible when the entire international community comes together.”
However, he added, “We don’t want any kind of support to fight terror in India. We’re capable. We’ve shown our capacity recently. When they attacked the CRPF and killed 40 people, a response was given. The IAF did not attack the Pakistan military, didn’t harm a single citizen and precisely hit the target.”
Talking about the furore over the number of casualties in the Balakot air strike by the IAF, with the Opposition citing international media to seek proof, Naidu said, “Now, there is a discussion about the casualties (in Balakot air strike). It is for them to count the numbers. Yesterday, Home Minister Rajnath Singh suggested that if anyone has doubts, they can visit Pakistan and inquire from their government. On our part, we don’t want a war, but also can’t be silent spectators to the nonsense going on for a war.”
As far as India’s relations with neighbours went, Naidu said, “We want to have good relations, including with our neighbours. Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had said that you can change friends, but you can’t change your neighbour. Keeping that in mind, we’re trying our best.”
However, Naidu pointed out that such efforts work both ways. “One of our neighbours has made terrorism a state policy. They are aiding, funding, training terrorists. Time and again, they’ve been persuaded, they make public commitments but never stop funding terrorism.”
The Vice-President is on an eight-day visit to Paraguay and Costa Rica. The tour aims at strengthening bilateral ties with the two Latin American countries.