Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar today said the recent surgical strike across the LoC has put forth the message that the government will not be aggressive, but at the same time "will also not take things lying down."
He also said the cross-border tension would ease if Pakistan stops violating ceasefire agreement.
"Surgical strike has given a message that Indian government will not be aggressive but will also not take things lying down," Parrikar told reporters after commissioning new warship 'INS Chennai' here.
Responding to questions on the army's action against militant camps and the recent rise in ceasefire violations across the border, Parrikar said if the 'timetable' of such violations is observed, there is always some political angle to them.
"The tension between India and Pakistan would cool down only when Pakistan will stop violating ceasefire agreement," he said. Parrikar said Prime Minister Narendra Modi tried to improve the relations between the two countries "but he was severely criticised".
We welcome good relations always, but not at the cost of national interest," he added.