New Delhi: In his first remarks after India’s surgical anti-terror strike across the Line of Control, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Saturday compared Pakistan’s condition to an ‘anaesthetised patient’ after a surgery and said like Lord Hanuman, Indian Army has recognised its prowess.
“Pakistan’s condition after the surgical strikes is like that of an anaesthetised patient after a surgery who doesn’t know that the surgery has already been performed on him. Even two days after the surgical strikes, Pakistan has no idea what has happened,” Mr Parrikar said.
India loves peace and does not believe in unprovoked aggression but it won’t take terror lying down, he said, adding that the strikes were also meant to give a message to Pakistan that Indian troops knew how to retaliate.
In a reference to the Ramayana, he compared the Indian Army to Lord Hanuman who had crossed an ocean in a single stride after he was reminded about his extraordinary powers by Jamwant.
“Indian troops were like Hanuman who did not quite know their prowess before the surgical strikes,” Mr Parrikar said.
“Indian troops caught Pakistan unawares as our commandos did what they had to without Pakistani authorities getting a wind of it,” he said addressing a gathering at Peethsain in Uttarakhand’s Pauri district.
India carried out surgical strikes on seven launch pads or staging areas for terrorists across the Line of Control (LoC) on the intervening night of September 28 and 29, inflicting “significant casualties” on terrorists preparing to infiltrate from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir or PoK.