Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Wednesday termed Pakistan a ‘chhutputiya’ (nation) and said India would consider a befitting reply if its misadventures continued. The BJP leader was asked at an event if a war was impending between the two neighbours in the wake of recent terror attacks. He added that India’s military prowess is way higher than earlier and Pakistan must understand that the country was fully capable of a befitting reply if it did not stop breeding terrorism.
Pradhan also narrated the story of his meeting with former President Pranab Mukherjee in Jangipura when he had raised his security concerns as a citizen of India and not a minister. He said that the President calmed him down by telling him that the extent of India’s powers cannot even be imagined and Pakistan and China would certainly not like to meddle with the country. Mr Pradhan’s remarks come at a time when India is mourning the death of its soldiers in the Sunjuwan terror attack in J&K. After the attack, Defence Minister Nirmala Sithraman had slammed Pakistan and had said they will have pay for the ‘Jammu misadventure’. She had added that the sacrifice of Indian soldiers will not go in vain. “Pakistan will pay for this misadventure. I repeat, Pakistan will pay for it,” she had said while visiting the state to take stock of the situation following the attack.
Mr Pradhan also emphasised that India needs to maintain a strong relationship with UAE and Saudi Arabia in a bid to enhance the energy co-operation.