Our Army is eager to teach a lesson to our enemy: Parrikar
The Indian Army is eager to “teach a lesson to our enemy” and it is just waiting for permission from the government, defence minister Manohar Parrikar said on Sunday.
“We want to tell our enemy that if they stare at us, we can stare with bigger eyes,” Parrikar said. “We are completely committed towards the security of the country. It is not just about tightening the border but we have also given required armaments to the soldiers,” he added.
He comment came a week after Pakistan conducted a military exercise in a strategically located area in Punjab province bordering India with its Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif saying that they will give a “befitting response” to any “ambitious and reckless move” by its enemies. Parrikar said, “We want to tell our enemy that if they stare at us, we can stare with bigger eyes.”
Parrikar said the armed forces had been given permission to “shoot at anyone” with an AK-47 machine gun, “as it is obvious that they do not have any good intentions”, The Times of India reported.
On November 10, Parrikar kicked up a storm when he had said he believed India should not bind itself to a policy of not using nuclear weapons first. “I should say I’m a responsible nuclear power, and I will not use it irresponsibly.” His remarks that were criticised by Opposition parties for undermining India’s efforts for membership to bodies such as the Nuclear Suppliers Group and the United Nations Security Council.