Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has said that something may have gone wrong on India’s part in Uri terror attack incident which claimed lives of 18 soldiers. The minister said that he will take actions to ensure that such an incident doesn’t take place again. “I will ensure this is not repeated again and again. I will take steps to ensure it doesn’t go wrong again,” said Parrikar. “Something may have gone wrong there (Uri attack). It is a sensitive matter. I believe in zero error,” he added. Parrikar said that if needed, India has the capacity to retaliate immediately. “Not saying specifically on this incident, but if I want I can have a knee-jerk reaction,” he said. “I normally prefer to implement things than talk, PM’s statement that ‘those behind Uri attack will not go unpunished’, will not remain a mere statement,” said Parrikar.
He also dismissed reports about Pakistan’s threat of use of tactical nukes, saying that “empty vessel makes more sound” and asserted that steps will be taken to ensure that incidents like Uri strike are not repeated. To a question on reports about Pakistan’s threat of use of tactical nuclear weapons, Parrikar said the person who has strength, usually makes less noise. “Empty vessel makes bigger noise. This country is a very responsible power, but that does not mean I will sleep over this kind of terrorism that is being pushed from across. How do I do it is entirely for the government under the Prime Minister, to decide,” he said.
The statement comes in the backdrop of Uri terror strike which left 18 India Army Jawans martyred on Sunday. In one of the worst terror attacks on the Army, four heavily armed fidayeen attacked administrative buildings and store complex of an infantry battalion in Uri, home of the 12 Infantry Brigade, near the Line of Control (LoC), in wee hours of the day. This led to a gun battle between the Army and the terrorists.
All four terrorists were neutralised after a three-hour long gunfight. The army in its initial probe has found a Pakistani hand in the deadly terror attack. The terror attack has fueled fresh tensions between India and Pakistan. India has decided to isolate Pakistan on every international grouping. On the international front, many countries including France, Japan and Germany have condemned the attack and said that the strike was an attempt to start a wave of violence.
With agency inputs