New Delhi: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday said anyone who harms the country will be responded to in a similar manner.
Addressing a seminar here, the minister talked about the “enemy”: “Unless pain can be transmitted to them, they will always end up giving pain to us. I am pained when my soldier dies.”
“I believe anyone who harms you, he understands the same language…,” Parrikar said.
But Parrikar stressed this was his view and should not be taken as the view of the Narendra Modi government.
“How, when and where (to inflict pain) should be of your choice,” he went on.
“But if someone is harming the country, I think the particular individual or organisation should receive the pain of such activity.”
The seminar was on the Indigenization of the Indian Army in a Futuristic Context, held at the Manekshaw Centre here.
The minister also said soldiers should aim at neutralising the enemy and “our own casualties should be minimal.
“The aim should be taking life, not giving. Sacrifice is respected… But what nation needs is that you neutralise your enemy, the nation’s enemy,” he added.
Seven army personnel were martyred and several injured when six terrorists crossed the border and launched a massive attack on the air force base in Punjab’s Pathankot in the morning of January 2. All the terrorists were killed in the operations that followed.
India says the Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed masterminded the attack, which came just a week after PM Modi made an unscheduled visit to Lahore to meet Nawaz Sharif.
( With inputs from IANS )