Wellington – Indian Defence Minister, Rajnath Singh, said that terrorism has become the national policy of the neighbouring country. The country’s goal is to target India by providing weapons, money and training to terrorists. This leads to a tremendous change. With this in mind, India has changed its defence policy. Avoiding direct naming, the defence minister slammed Pakistan’s terrorist policies. At the same time, the defence minister warned that India would demonstrate the courage to launch attacks outside the country, if necessary, without compromising on the country’s security.
The Taliban have taken control of Afghanistan. Taliban militants have claimed control of Afghanistan only with the support of the Pakistani military. In the future, Pakistan is conspiring to use Afghan territory to spread terrorism in India through the Taliban. Maulana Masood Azhar, the Pakistan-backed Jaish-e-Mohammed militant group leader, reportedly met Taliban leader Mullah Gani Baradar. During the visit, Azhar has demanded the Taliban’s help in spreading terrorism in Kashmir.
India is keeping a close eye on all these developments. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh made this known. Speaking at an event at the Defence Services Staff College in Wellington, Tamil Nadu, the defence minister sternly warned Pakistan, which is working on terrorist plots, of dire consequences. ‘In the actual war, the neighbouring country realized that nothing would work against India. That is why this country is using terrorism to wage a covert war. Terrorism has become the national policy of this country,’ he said.
The situation in Afghanistan poses serious challenges to India’s security. With this in mind, India is undergoing major changes in its defence policy and tactics. QUAD has been formed and the Integrated Battle Groups (IBGs), meaning a military unit having the participation of all the three defence wings, is also being formed for this purpose. This will avoid delays in making decisions and ensure that security decisions are taken quickly, said the Defence Minister.
Until 2016, India had adopted a reactionary policy on Pakistan-sponsored terrorism. This included the action taken following the terrorist attack. But since 2019, India has stepped up its activism and adopted an aggressive strategy to prevent terrorist attacks. The results are beginning to show, retorted the Defence Minister.
‘The policy of the neighbouring country changed when it realized that India would infiltrate its territory and take action following a terrorist attack. This led to a ceasefire on the border. The success of the Indian military might is seen in this ceasefire. Is. That is why the ceasefire was so successful,’ said Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, who indicated that Pakistan would understand only this language. While slapping Pakistan, the Defence Minister also attacked China. The other neighbouring country was trying to bring about a unilateral change on the border. But even here, the Indian Army has shown its determination and strength, said Rajnath Singh.
At the same time, the Defence Minister’s remarks on Pakistan and China are a testament to India’s changed defence policies. Mention of the QUAD organization involving India, the United States, Japan and Australia, and a hint of a counter-terrorism response to Pakistan, a reference to the IGBs, all seem to have reprimanded both the neighbouring countries. The Defence Minister has delivered a message to both Pakistan and China that India is making necessary changes in its defence policy in the face of changing circumstances, so any attempt to take advantage of the changing situation and pose challenges to India will fail.