Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar, while addressing a massive crowd that had gathered in Goa for BJP’s election campaign, said – “I gave instructions to the armed forces to shoot anyone possessing an AK-47 machine gun as anyone who possesses such weapons do not have any good intentions.”
Addressing the huge crowd gathered in Goa, Defense Minister also praised the Indian Army for conducting the surgical strikes across the border, which was carried out after the bold decision to go ahead was made by the government. Shri Parrikar also outlined the achievement of defense ministry regarding transparent, efficient and quick procurement of various arms. Attacking Congress, he said that after the Bofors scam, none of the governments showed any guts to purchase new machinery due to fear and will power as a result of which the armed forces suffered. He added that after 30 years, many defense deals have been made in a totally transparent way without the involvement of any middleman. Shri Parrikar also praised the Make in India initiative in the field of defense, which will help India becoming self reliant in the manufacturing of arms and machinery.
No doubt, the free hand that has been given to various security forces on the border is evident. Every ceasefire violation has been responded in an unprecedented and highly aggressive way, leading to huge damages on the other side of the borders. In last one year, most number of terrorists and infiltrators have been neutralized as the security forces have been asked to not give any leniency to the infiltrators and terrorists. Among a large number of success that security forces have tasted this year, the most important one remains the killing of Hizbul Mujahiddeen commander Burhan Wani.
The free hand given by the defense minister to security forces and the instructions to shoot anyone carrying AK-47 (which is a prohibited weapon for civilians) is paying rich dividends as a large number of terrorists have been neutralized by our security forces in last few months, which has contributed towards eliminating the most wanted deadly terrorists ! It takes political will power and a strong head to take such daring decisions !