Lauding the Security Forces for successfully containing the terror attack on the Air Force Base in Pathankot in Punjab, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said that the nation was proud of them for the success in the ongoing operation.
Speaking to ANI exclusively, Rajnath condemned the attack and said that the Army, the National Security Guard (NSG) and the Punjab Police were giving a befitting reply in the operation underway in Pathankot.
“Pakistan is our neighbour and we want to have good relations with them including all our other neighbours as well,” the Home Minister said when asked if this will hamper the peace process initiated by India with Pakistan.
However, he added that India would not show mercy to anyone who threatens the safety of the nation.
“We want peace, but if there is any terrorist attack on India we will give a befitting reply. I am happy that our security forces, our Army jawans, Para-Military forces and the Punjab police are retaliating strongly. The country is proud of them,” Rajnath told ANI.
Around five militants in Army fatigue opened fire near the Air Force station here early in the morning today where two IAF personnel were martyred, six were injured and four terrorists killed in the gunbattle that ensued.
According to sources, the terrorists had infiltrated into India three days ago from Bahawalpur in Pakistan.
Meanwhile, top officials have convened an emergency meet at the Air Force Headquarters in Delhi and the situation is being monitored at the highest level.