Indian Defence Minister, Manohar Parrikar has openly admitted that it is legitimate to use terrorism. Parrikar said, “You have to neutralise terrorist through terrorist only … kaante se kaanta nikaalte hain (you have to extract a thorn with a thorn) … Why can’t we do it? We should do it. Why my soldier has to do it all the time?”
Parrikar further said “If any country, why Pakistan, is planning something against my country, I will take proactive steps. Of course, not in the public domain. But what I have to do, I will do it. Whether it is diplomatic, whether it is pressure tactics or whether it is using the… woh usko bolte hain na Marathi mein kaante se kaanta nikaalte hain… Hindi mein bhi rahega… you have to neutralise terrorist through terrorist only”.
Adviser to the Prime Minister of Pakistan on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz said, “This statement only confirms Pakistan’s apprehensions about India’s involvement in terrorism in Pakistan. It must be the first time that a minister of an elected government openly advocates use of terrorism in another country on the pretext of preventing terrorism from that country or its non-state actors”. Pakistani Defence Minister, Khawaja Asif said that Parrikar statement proves the assertions that India is involved in terrorism.
This is an admission by the India that it is promoting terrorism in Pakistan. Indian state sponsored terrorism in Kashmir has already claimed lives of hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians. This the time that India realises that it cannot achieve any strategic advantage through terrorist activities in Pakistan.