Another 26/11-like attack in India almost impossible, says Defence Minister Rajnath Singh

Another 26/11-like attack in India almost impossible, says Defence Minister Rajnath Singh

A 26/11-like terror strike in India is sort of not possible because the nationwide safety structure has been considerably bolstered in the previous couple of years, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh stated on Thursday, the 12th anniversary of the lethal Mumbai assault through which 166 individuals together with 28 foreigners from 10 nations had been killed.

While addressing the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit, Singh additionally referred to the Sino-India border row in Ladakh and stated the armed forces have been given a free hand to successfully take care of any makes an attempt to vary the Line of Actual Control and that the federal government is not going to enable any hurt to India’s self-respect.

“I want to assure everyone that under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration, there will be no compromise on India’s self-respect, sovereignty and territorial integrity,” he stated.

Referring to the 26/11 assault, Singh stated India is not any extra a mushy goal for terrorism because of number of measures in the previous couple of years, and added that Pakistan has been uncovered as “nursery of terrorism” following diplomatic outreach by New Delhi. “We can assure all the countrymen that now India has strengthened its internal and external security cycle so much that it is now almost impossible to execute another 26/11 attack on Indian soil,” Singh stated.

On November 26, 2008, a gaggle of 10 Pakistani terrorists went right into a rampage, finishing up a coordinated assault on a railway station, two luxurious inns and a Jewish centre, after they sneaked into India’s monetary capital by the Arabian sea route. Over 166 individuals together with 28 foreigners from 10 nations had been killed within the almost 60-hour siege that despatched a shockwave throughout the nation and even introduced India and Pakistan to the brink of warfare.

“Now India’s response to terrorism has been under a 360-degree approach. India is taking action within its borders. But, if needed, our brave soldiers are going beyond that to destroy the terrorist bases,” the defence minister stated.

The defence minister additionally referred to the failed makes an attempt by Pakistan-based terrorists to hold out a serious assault in Nagrota in Jammu and Kashmir just lately. “Whether it was the surgical strike after the Uri incident or the Balakot airstrikes after the Pulwama attack, our armed forces have taken drastic action to deal with terrorism,” Singh stated.

“Pakistan’s model of terrorism against India is slowly being demolished…We have escalated the cost for those supporting terrorism, and countries like Pakistan may have to pay a heavy price for making terrorism a state policy,” Singh stated.

The defence minister additionally stated a ‘blacklisting’ of Pakistan by world anti-terror watchdog FATF will show to be extremely pricey for that nation which is already reeling underneath monetary stress. The 26/11 assault had given a brand new path to India’s safety coverage, and there was a “paradigm shift” in naval and coastal safety structure since then, the minister added.

On the border row with China, the defence minister stated there was a perceptional distinction over the LAC and drawback arises when laid down protocols are violated. “I am assuring everyone that nobody can claim even an inch of India’s land,” Singh stated.

On meeting elections in West Bengal in 2021, Singh stated there was a chance of BJP getting the two-thirds majority. In the almost 45-minute-long interactive session, Singh delved right into a plethora of points together with farmers’ agitation, India’s defence modernisation programme, the scenario in Jammu and Kashmir and the specter of hybrid warfare.

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“Civil-military coordination has improved a lot after the removal of Section 370 in J&K. We are seeing a positive improvement there. Similarly, in the North-East too, there has been continuous improvement in the security situation,” he stated. 

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