Even as Pakistan indulges in morning to all-night shelling of areas in India, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar looked to cool temperatures down on Monday spoke about the Indo-Pak relations and said that 2 neighbouring countries being friendly always helps but not at the cost of national security. Parrikar said that the Indian army does not take any initiatives to fire across the border unless fired at. He said that the border situation has cooled down a bit and hoped that it would go down further. He said that the Prime Minister had taken initiatives but the people had criticised him for that too.
Earlier, in Panaji, Parrikar had said that he had given the armed forces in Kashmir a free hand to shoot anyone who was wielding guns. He had further said that the soldiers have been ordered to shoot the terrorists instead of waiting for them to open fire and be martyred. He also spoke about the first time he became the Defence Minister and said that he had informed the soldiers that anyone wielding machine gun had come to say hello but kill you. So instead of getting martyred, you must eliminate them, he had added.
He told the public that the previous Congress government had directed the soldiers to not retaliate till bullets wee fired at them. He also claimed that the morale of the Indian armed forces had gone up following the ascension of Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister. He said that the soldiers did not now need the permission of the Defence Ministry to fire at the terrorists who fire at them.