India on Thursday said the its surgical attack on militants in Myanmar has left Pakistan “rattled”, while intelligence inputs warned that retaliatory attacks were possible in the northeast.
The Congress, meanwhile, accused ministers of blowing their trumpets too loudly, while the BJP said the opposition party was trying to belittle the success.
On a day when India reviewed the security scenario along the Myanmar border, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi sent his colleague Jitendra Singh to the northeast to review the situation, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar targeted Pakistan, saying those who “fear” India’s “new posture” have already started reacting.
“I am going into the aspect of creating a different mindset, so much so that those who fear India’s new posture have already started reacting,” Parrikar said at a seminar focusing on ‘Make in India’ in the national capital.
Citing the surgical strike by the Indian Army on the India-Myanmar border that killed an unspecified number of insurgents on Tuesday, he said: “Change requires change in the mindset.”
“If the thinking pattern changes, a lot of things change… you are seeing it for the last two-three days. A simple action against insurgents has changed the mindset on the whole security scenario in the country,” Parrikar said.
India’s operation at two spots along the Myanmar border killing several insurgents on Tuesday was followed by a sharp reaction from Pakistan’s Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan who said “India should not mistake the country for Myanmar”.
The home ministry, meanwhile, reviewed the situation along the Myanmar border at a high-level meeting attended by Home Minister Rajnath Singh and senior officials.
The meeting took place following intelligence reports that militants may strike again to avenge the Indian Army operations and may try to attack the armed forces again.
“Both offensive and defensive measures were discussed during the meeting attended by Home Minister Rajnath Singh and ministry officials,” a ministry official told media persons.
Meanwhile, sources said the government has asked ministers and officials not to boast in public about the operation.
Jitendra Singh, minister of state in the Prime Minister’s Office, reached Manipur on Thursday.
“The prime minister wants extremists to shun violence and join the mainstream for peace and development of the region,” Jitendra Singh told a TV news channel.
A minor war of words broke out on the home front, as the Congress slammed union ministers, saying they were blowing their trumpets too loudly.
“It is not for ministers to compete with each other for publicity… Blowing your own trumpet has an adverse impact,” Congress leader Anand Sharma said. “PM should restrain his ministers,” he added.
The BJP retorted, with spokesperson G.V.L. Narasimha Rao saying the Congress was trying to belittle the success.
“What is on display is the Congress’s effort to belittle the success of the government and the armed forces. It’s high time India communicated its success to the world,” he said.
The army had on Tuesday carried out the strike against insurgents believed to be responsible for the ambush on an Indian Army convoy in Manipur on June 4. The militant ambush left 18 soldiers dead.