No white flag if Pakistan continues ceasefire violations: Rajnath
CHANDIGARH: Asserting that India wants peaceful
relations with all countries but it should not be treated as its weakness,
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said security forces have been
directed to give a “befitting” reply to ceasefire violations by Pakistan.
Referring to recent incidents of firing from across
the Line of Control, the Home Minister said he has directed BSF “not to keep
showing white flag” if the violations by Pakistan continue.
“I have asked the BSF DG to tell his force to give a
befitting reply to firing from Pakistan,” Singh said, addressing BJP’s ‘Vijay
Sankalp Yatra’ at Hathin in Haryana’s Palwal district this evening.
He said the BSF DG had told him that “we have on 15
occasions shown white flags, but Pakistan is repeatedly indulging in firing”.
“I told the BSF DG that if Pakistan does not desist
and keeps going on with its violations, give straight orders (to the BSF
troops) that next time white flag will not be shown, but firing will be started
(from the Indian side),” he said.
He said that during the last ten years of Congress
rule, “not only among people of India, but around the globe, a perception had
gained ground that we are a weak state.
“But now after the formation of the Modi government,
the world has changed that perception.”
India is no longer considered a “weak” and a soft
state, he said. “We are not weak, we have full capability to give a befitting
reply,” Singh warned.
He stressed that India wants friendly relations with
all countries, in particular with its neighbours, and as a step in that
direction, the heads of state of India’s neighbouring nations had been invited
for the new government’s oath taking ceremony. He noted that the Pakistan Prime
Minister also attended the ceremony.
Singh, however, lamented that while all neighbouring
countries had responded positively for building healthy and peaceful relations
with India, Pakistan “has chosen to ignore this and is behaving in such a
“It (Pak) is repeatedly violating ceasefire and
indulging in firing,” he said.
Singh said that even today India wants to build better
relations with Pakistan, but it must desist from its “nefarious” designs.