Continuing in his typical colloquial manner in Hindi at a function at Peethsain Chauthan in Uttarakhand's Pauri Garhwal region, the defence minister said India had no intention to occupy or capture any nation. “Lord Rama won Lanka and gave it to Vibhishana. We did the same in the Bangladesh operation. We do not want to harm anyone, but if some harms us, a befitting reply will be given.“ Parrikar said Pakistan was trying to deny the surgical strikes because it had been left stunned, unable to realise how and when the Indian commandos sneaked into PoK to complete the task. “Lord Hanuman did not know of his powers before going to Lanka. Similarly , I made our armed forces realise their power... On the orders of Modiji, the Army did a great job,“ he said.
As reported by TOI earlier, the Army and IAF are maintaining a high state of operational readiness all along the LoC as well as the international boun dary with Pakistan, with additional troops, fuel and ammunition stocks being forward deployed as well as activation of all airbases in the Western Air Command. “But we are maintaining a defensive posture. We have done what we wanted to do through the strikes,“ said a senior officer. Pakistan, too, has deployed additional battalions along the LoC.