New Delhi: Attributing the Myanmar operation to “change in mindset”, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar today took a dig at Pakistan, saying those who “fear India’s new posture” have already started reacting.

“If the thinking pattern changes, lot of things change. You have seen for the last 2-3 days. A simple action against insurgents has changed the mindset of the full security scenario in the country,” he said addressing a seminar in New Delhi.

Defence procurement procedures

He was speaking on the need for simplification of defence procurement procedures, which, he said, required a change in mindset. The Minister refused to go into details of the operation and declined to take questions on the military action.

Pakistan’s Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan had on Wednesday said, “Pakistan is not like Myanmar” and warned India that his country cannot be cowed down by the threats from across the border.

Mr. Khan’s statement came in response to Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore’s remarks that military action in Myanmar to hit back at rebels who killed 18 soldiers in Manipur was a message to other countries. Mr. Rathore’s comments were interpreted as a warning to Pakistan. “Those having ill designs against Pakistan should listen carefully that our security forces are capable of matching response to any adventurism,” he said.

With the knowledge of Myanmar authorities, the Indian Army had undertaken a successful cross-border strike that killed at least 38 insurgents who were part of the groups believed to be responsible for the June 4 ambush that left 18 soldiers dead.

Courtesy The Hindu