Through his radio address ‘Man Ki Baat’ on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave a stern warning to Pakistan for ceasefire violations. The Prime Minister said that Indian forces would respond firmly to any actions, intended to disturb peace and harmony. He said, “It has been decided that our soldiers will give a befitting reply to whosoever makes an attempt to destroy the atmosphere of peace and progress in our nation.” He further said, “We believe in peace, we are committed to taking it forward… but not at the cost of compromising our self-respect and sovereignty of our nation.”
PM’s message came in the backdrop of the Prakrama Parva, that was commemorated to mark 2nd year anniversary of India’s surgical strikes on terror launchpads along the Pakistani side of the LoC. Large part of the Prime Minister’s address on Sunday was dedicated to the armed forces. “Yesterday, 125 crore Indians celebrated ‘Parakram Parva’, the festival of valour. We remembered the surgical strikes carried out in 2016, where our soldiers gave a befitting reply to the audacity of a proxy war under the garb of terrorism.”
Couple of days back, the Army Chief Bipin Rawat had given a similar warning message to Pakistan. “We need to take stern action to avenge the barbarism that terrorists and Pakistan army have been carrying out against our soldiers. Yes, it is time to give it back in the same coin, not resorting to similar kind of barbarism. But I think the other side must also feel the same pain,” General had said.
Also on Saturday, External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj had launched scatching criticism on Pakistan from the UN General Assembly. She was followed up by a junior diplomat who pointed towards dozens of banned terrorist organizations that are actively operating out of Pakistani soil.
The PM also spoke of the Indian Air Force’s traditions, saying it had bestowed upon citizens a sense of security. “We celebrate Air Force Day on October 8. Making a humble beginning in 1932 with six pilots and 19 airmen, our air force has emerged as one of mightiest and the bravest,” he said.