India has never been offensive: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh

Rajnath Singh added “It’s a character is such that it has not attacked any country nor conquered even an inch of land belonging to another nation

New Delhi: On Tuesday Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said India has never been so aggressive but its armed forces are capable of giving a befitting reply to those who cast an evil eye on our nation.

Singh said at the Naval Commanders Conference the Navy has maintained vigilance to ensure that 26/11 is not repeated again. India has never been “offensive,” said Singh.

Singh added “It’s a character is such that it has not attacked any country nor conquered even an inch of land belonging to another nation. But the armed forces have the capability and strength to give a befitting reply to anyone who casts an evil eye on us,”.

The defence minister was responding to a query on Pakistan’s Railway Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed statement that his country would retaliate against India with a nuclear attack for targeting Pakistani military posts in Jammu and Kashmir’s Gangadhar sector.

According to Indian Army officials, there was unprovoked firing by Pakistan in the sector on the intervening night of Saturday-Sunday.

On Sunday, the Indian Army retaliated by launching heavy artillery attacks, targeting at least four terror camps and several Pakistani military positions opposite the Tangadhar sector along the Line of Control, officials said.

Discussing the Indian Navy, the defence minister said he was confident that India’s seas are safe in the hands of the force.

“Our Indian Navy’s resolve is that 26/11 will not be repeated under any circumstances and it has ensured tight vigil,” said Singhreferring to the November 2008 terror siege of Mumbai.

The Indian Navy marches ahead towards indigenisation and its ships have a high percentage of indigenous equipment, said Singh.

The minister also said all three services have placed emphasis on the need to reduce defence imports.

“All the three forces are also working to pick up niche technologies to meet the challenges,” he added.

On Tuesday the three-day second edition of Naval Commanders’ Conference began here.

The conference is the apex level biannual event for interaction between Naval commanders for the deliberation and formulation of important policy decisions.

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