Senate body adopts resolution against Indian defence minister statement

Published May 27, 2015
Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Defence Mushahid Hussain Syed. — INP/File
Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Defence Mushahid Hussain Syed. — INP/File

ISLAMABAD: Taking strong exception to the statement made by Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar about sponsoring terrorism to counter terrorism, the Senate's Standing Committee on Defence Tuesday adopted a condemnation resolution.

The committee said the statement is an "open confession" of the Indian government pursuing the policy of state terrorism.

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Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Defence Mushahid Hussain Syed presided over the meeting of the committee at Parliament House in the federal capital.

The meeting also called upon the government to take up the matter with the UN security council and the international community.

The resolution said the statement has serious implications for India's neighbours, and endangers peace and stability in South Asia.

Earlier, Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, in a shocking and radical statement, asserted that terrorists have to be neutralised only through terrorists.

“India will take proactive steps to prevent a 26/11 type attack,” Press Trust of India had quoted him saying.

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Speaking at an event in New Delhi, the minister used the Hindi phrase “kante se kanta nikalna” (removing a thorn with a thorn) and wondered why Indian soldiers should be used to neutralise terrorists. The proactive steps, he said, could include pressure tactics.

“We have to neutralise terrorists through terrorists only. Why can't we do it? We should do it. Why does my soldier have to do it?” he said and added that the issue could not be discussed beyond this.

“There are certain things that I obviously cannot discuss here. But if there is any country, planning something against my country, we will definitely take some pro-active steps,” he said.

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