Armed forces in Kashmir have complete power to eliminate foes, says Manohar Parrikar
Defence minister Manohar Parrikar has stated the armed forces in Kashmir have complete power to shoot at those wielding guns, despite waiting for the terrorists to open fire and “getting martyred”.
While addressing BJP’s election rally at Vasco Parrikar said “When I took over as the Defence minister, the first thing I told them (soldiers) that if you see machine gun or pistol in anyone’s hand, don’t expect that he has come to say hello to you. Before you get martyred, you should eliminate him.”
“In Kashmir, our army were fighting with the terrorists. Congress government had given them the direction that till they (terrorist) fires a bullet on you, you don’t retaliate,” he said.
Defence minister backed the soldiers by saying that troops are giving an apt reply to the enemy.
“Our soldiers now don’t need to seek permission from the Defence Ministry to fire at the person who fires at them.
They have complete power and they are giving an apt reply to our enemy. I feel bad that some of our soldiers are martyred,” the former Goa chief minister said.