Balakot message that infra across border can’t be used by militants as safe haven: Rajnath
New Delhi, Feb 28: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said
the Balakot air strikes had sent out the clear message that infrastructure
across the border could not be used as safe havens for militants.
Addressing a seminar on ‘Air Power in No
War, No Peace Scenario’, Singh hailed the 40 CRPF martyrs of the Pulwama attack
and saluted the soldiers who carried out the Balakot air strikes.
“If we’ve to be prepared for the tasks
assigned to us, then it’s important we maintain credible deterrence at land,
air and sea at all times,” he said at the Centre for Air Power Studies
Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat and
Indian Air Force chief R K Bhadauria also spoke at the event.
Rawat said the clear message from the Balakot
strikes was that the kind of “proxy war” perpetrated on India
“will not be tolerated”. IAF Chief R K S Bhadauria highlighted the
need for new indigenous technology in warfare and urged DRDO to develop such
“The Balakot air strikes conveyed
India’s clear message that infrastructure across the border won’t be a safe
haven for militants,” the Defence minister said.
“For Pakistan, employment of
terrorism against India is a low cost option. We have taught a lesson to
Pakistan on this. Through Balakot, we have indicated that militant camps across
Line of Control are no longer secure place for militants,” Singh added.
Singh said the security scenario had
changed in the last few years and incidents of cross border terrorism are
examples of the new warfare that has forced the rewriting of doctrines across
“The security scenario has completely
changed in the last few years. Kargil and incidents of cross border terrorism
are examples of new kind of warfare. Hybrid warfare is the reality of present
day. There is no clear beginning and end in this changing scenario of
conflict,” he said.
Addressing the gathering, Rawat highlighted
the significance of “credible deterrence” in warfare.
“If we’ve to be prepared for the
tasks assigned to us then it’s important we maintain credible deterrence at
land, air and sea at all times.
“Deterrence comes from keeping every
personnel trained and motivated. he credible deterrence comes from the will of
the military leadership and intent of political leadership while taking the
tough decision. This was amply shown after Kargil, Uri attacks and Pulwama
attack,” he said.
“We had an edge over Pakistan Air
Force in terms of Beyond Visual Range Missile capability at the time of Kargil.
We allowed that to slip and thereafter it took a decade and half in our
struggle to acquisition process to be able to get better capability,” the
Air Force chief said in his speech.
This would soon materialise with the
induction of the Rafale, he said.
“In air engagement, especially in a
deeply contested area, it is important to to have a weapons edge. Once we
retain this edge,it is important that we don’t allow to slip back this
edge,” he added.
Hailing the government’s decision to carry
out the Balakot strikes, Bhadauria said it was a “tough and bold decision
to strike at the heart of terrorist training camps deep inside Pakistan across
the Line of Control”.
“IAF successfully struck the target
chosen. Pakistan Air Force responded 30 hours later with a large package of
aircraft under Operation Swift Retort. IAF ensured they weren’t able to hit
targets. They were in a hurry to disengage.They were doing it for their
domestic audience,” he said.