Will deal with Pak proxy war: Parrikar

Greater Kashmir

Lucknow/New Delhi, Jan 13: India Tuesday warned that “pro-active” steps will be taken to deal with the “proxy war” supported by the neighbouring country and said a “difference” will be seen in the next six months.
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar while sending a tough message to Pakistan over alleged ceasefire violations and infiltrations by militants said it will be ensured that the “enemy” doesn’t show any more interest in proxy war. At the same time, he said India wanted peace with Pakistan.
 Parrikar’s remarks came even as Army Chief Gen Dalbir Singh accused Pakistan of continuing to support “proxy war” in Jammu and Kashmir despite suffering casualties due to terror on its soil.
“On proxy war, the government is very clear about what is happening. We have taken a stand and though I will not like to tell you what is the exact action we are taking…You will be able to see the difference by the time summer gets over. In the next 6 months you will see the difference in actual figures,” Parrikar told a press conference in Lucknow.
Stating that “one difference” is already visible, he said the number of terrorists neutralised so far this year is about 65 to 70 per cent more than that in last year.
“We want peace with our neighbours, but if there is an attempt for proxy war, we will take some proactive steps. What kind of proactive steps cannot be revealed in a press conference.
“But, I can assure you that we will ensure that enemy doesn’t show any interest in proxy war or the interest comes down,” he added.
To a question on dialogue with Pakistan, the Defence Minister said, “India’s position is very clear. The stand taken by the Ministry of External Affairs is clear. If any dialogue has to be done with Pakistan, they should first stop ceasefire violation and intrusion of terrorists.”
“If it does not stop, then dialogue alone will not bring a solution. That should be very clear, intention expressed should be reflected in performance and delivery on the ground,” he said.