Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Sunday that India has shown it can attack its enemies not only on its soil but also in a foreign territory if need be.
Singh’s remarks come almost a month after a group of five Army commandos crossed the Line of Control in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir, killed three Pakistani soldiers, and smashed a post, in a swift and daring operation.
The operation was seen as avenging the killing of four Indian Army personnel by a Border Action Team of the Pakistan Army in Keri sector Rajouri district.
“A few months ago, Pakistan, in an act of cowardice, attacked and martyred 17 of our jawans. Prime Minister Narendra Modi consulted all of us on this serious issue, and the Indian Army entered the Pakistani area and killed the militants,” Singh said at a public meeting.
“India’s image in the world has become that of a strong nation and we have given a strong message to the world that we can attack our enemies not only on our soil but also in their territory. India has developed this power,” he said.
Singh said India wants to maintain a friendly relationship with Pakistan.
“But Pakistan is not mending its ways,” Singh said.
“I want to assure you that our government will not let India bow its head,” he said.
The home minister said that under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the country’s economy is moving ahead at a fast pace.
“..and now even the global economists and experts accept this,” he said, adding that India’s prestige in the global arena is “rising rapidly”.
Singh was addressing a meeting of ‘Bharatiya Railway Maal Godaam Shramik Sangh’.