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India will give befitting reply: Rajnath


Agencies, Lucknow Asserting that India has emerged as one of the most powerful nations in the world, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said that brave soldiers of the country have proved that they can attack enemies not only on its soil, but also on foreign territory, if required. “Our brave soldiers have carried out a surgical strike by entering into the Pakistani territory. If required our soldiers will go there again and kill the enemies,” Singh said while addressing a function of Rail Godam Shramik Sangathan here on Sunday. He said a few months back Pakistan opened unprovoked heavy firing on Indian posts in which our 17 jawans were martyred. ‘The Prime Minister held a high-level discussion and we all decided that Pakistan should be taught a lesson. Our brave soldiers entered the Pakistani side killing militants and smashing their posts,’ union minister said. Almost a month back Pakistan’s Border Action Team attacked Indian posts in Rajouri sectors in which four Indian jawans, including a Major, were martyred. To avenge this killing, the Army commandos crossed the Line of Control in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir and killed three Pakistani soldiers and smashed a post, in a swift and daring operation. “Our actions have sent a message loud and clear that we will not tolerate any non-sense from our neighbour. This has enhanced our stature and people know that India is strong country,” Mr Singh said. Mr Singh said India wants to maintain a friendly relationship with Pakistan. “Par Pakistan manta hee nahi. Despite global pressure Pakistan is not mending its ways. “What can others do now when Pakistan has itself pressed self-destruction button,” Singh said. He also talked about the progress country has made under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “The country is even growing in stature in economic field.Recently the World bank has hailed India’s economic achievements and even the global economists and experts accept this,” he said. About Railway employees he said that these are the people whose sweat make rail to run. This is fact that 63 per cent of the railway’s income come from `maal godaam’ and credit for this should go to these shramiks. “This is a fact that despite these people working so hard their condition – both economical and social – is not up to the mark. They do not have identity cards and thus do not get any treatment facility in any of the Railway hospitals,” he said. Don’t turn J&K into battleground: Mehbooba to India, Pak Baramulla: Urging India and Pakistan not to turn the state into a battleground, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said both the neighbouring nations should make Jammu and Kashmir a ‘bridge of friendship’ between them. “While the whole India is heading towards development, Jammu and Kashmir is treading the opposite path. I appeal to our prime minister and our neighbour Pakistan to make the state a bridge of friendship between the two countries and not let it become a battleground,” Ms Mehbooba said while addressing a function at the passing out parade of Jammu and Kashmir constables at Subsidiary Training Centre at Sheeri in north Kashmir district of Baramulla.

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