Parrikar warns Pakistan of ‘pro-active steps’ against proxy war

Written by | January 13, 2015 | 0

Lucknow/New Delhi: Hours after Army Chief Gen Dalbir Singh accused Pakistan of supporting proxy war in Jammu and Kashmir, the Defence Minister today talked tough and said that though India wants peace with Pakistan but won’t hesitate in taking steps against the ‘proxy war’.

Sending a strong message to Pakistan, the Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar warned that “pro-active” steps will be taken to deal with the “proxy war” supported by the neighbouring country and said results will be visible in next six months.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar also said that it will be ensured that the “enemy” doesn’t show any more interest in proxy war. At the same time, he said India wanted peace with Pakistan.

Parrikar’s remarks came even as Army Chief Gen Dalbir Singh accused Pakistan of continuing to support “proxy war” in Jammu and Kashmir despite suffering casualties due to terror on its soil.

Asking Pakistan to target all militant groups, US Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters in Islamabad that terror outfits like LeT, Taliban and the Haqqani network posed a threat to countries in the region like India and also to the US.

“On proxy war, the government is very clear about what is happening. We have taken a stand and though I will not like to tell you what is the exact action we are taking…you will be able to see the difference by the time summer gets over. In the next 6 months you will see the difference in actual figures,” Parrikar told a press conference in Lucknow.

Stating that “one difference” is already visible, he said the number of terrorists neutralised so far this year is about 65 to 70 per cent more than that in last year.

“We want peace with our neighbours, but if there is an attempt for proxy war, we will take some proactive steps. What kind of proactive steps cannot be revealed in a press conference.

“But, I can assure you that we will ensure that enemy doesn’t show any interest in proxy war or the interest comes down,” he added.

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