Panaji, Nov 19: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar claimed that the Indian security forces have adopted a strict approach under their direction to tackle with the mance of infiltration and insurgency. Addressing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Vijay Sankalp meet in Panaji, Parrikar claimed that Modi government has given simple instructions to the security forces in terms of tackling cross-border threat. Parrikar said that the army has been given the mandate to use their force with complete bruteness to defend themselves and the nation.
“My clear directions are if someone comes with machine gun to fire on you then finish him off before he does. Therefore we were able to give befitting response to our enemy. After we came to power, our attention was on making our borders safe,” Parrikar said.
The remarks made by Parrikar is reflective of the stand articulated by Modi government ever since it stormed to power. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has reiterated that army has been given the complete mandate to secure the borders at all cost.
Defence Minister Parrikar landed in controversy in the past week over his comments on use of nuclear weapon. Parrikar reportedly claimed that India should not reiterate its stand again and again on no first-use policy. He later remarked that it was what he personally thought. Ministry of Defence later issued a clarification saying that the comments of Parrikar were his personal views and not the official stand of India.