Khan’s statement came in response to Minister of State for Information & 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.
Rathore’s comments were interpreted here as a warning to Pakistan.
Khan said that it should be clear to India that “Pakistan is not a country like Myanmar”.
“Those having ill designs against Pakistan should listen carefully that our security forces are capable of matching response to any adventurism,” he said.
Khan said that Pakistan would never accept India hegemony and that the “Indian leaders should stop day dreaming”.
He said that India’s “nefarious designs” will not succeed in future like in the past.
He also said that Pakistan cannot be cowed down by the threats from across the border.
The minister said that he was disappointed at regular violation of the LoC and working boundary by the Indian Army and India’s refusal to start peace talks with Pakistan.
BJP hails Myanmar operation, says Pak should draw lessons
BJP hailed Army’s pre-dawn surgical strike inside Myanmar killing 38 Naga insurgents and said it reflects the Narendra Modi government’s policy of ‘zero tolerance’ towards terrorism, from which all terror groups as well as Pakistan should draw lessons.
The VHP also lauded the government and the Army’s successful operation and hoped the next will be in Pakistan and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
BJP national spokesperson M J Akbar said the Myanmar operation is more evidence of the emerging Modi doctrine.
On one side of the coin is “zero tolerance” for terrorism including an unprecedented will for punitive retribution, and on the other “we cede the ground” for mutually beneficial friendship with “nations which cooperate with us on terrorism”, as was was evident in Bangladesh, Akbar said.
“In one year, the Prime Minister’s innovative foreign policy has rattled Pakistan in many ways. But a prime achievement has been a reversal of Pakistan’s efforts.
“Previously Pakistan was able to mobilise neighbours against India. Today with the new band of friends Pakistan has been isolated. In simpler terms, Pakistan should draw the relevant lessons,” Akbar said.
Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said, “The military’s action against insurgents with assistance from the Myanmarese government speaks volumes about India’s resolve to fight terror. This is a lesson and a message to all the terror groups that India will not hesitate in going beyond its geographical borders to eliminate terrorists.”
Javadekar, however, refused to comment on if India will carry out a similar strike on Pakistan-based groups plotting terror against India.
VHP’s international working president Pravin Togadia said on Twitter, “Bravo to (the) Ministry of External Affairs, (the) Ministry of Defence and Bharat’s brave Army! Great success in Myanmar! Hope the next will be PoK and Pakistan! Best Wishes!”
In another tweet, Togadia said, “Of course! Ab Pak dar gaya! Barish Dilli pahunchne ke pahle Dawood kko Dilli layenge hi! (Pakistan has become panicky. Before the monsoon reach Delhi, Dawood (Ibrahim) would be brought to Delhi).”
Union Minister, Nitin Gadkari, when asked whether ‘hot pursuit’ will be the new policy of Indian Government in cases of terror strike, said, “It is already clear that we have a zero tolerance towards terror and terror organisation. The official spokesperson of military has given detailed information about the action that our military has done.”
Gadkari’s cabinet colleague Ravi Shankar Prasad also complimented the defence forces for their “bold and courageous decision to nail down extremists” on the India-Myanmar border in a “very purposeful coordination” with the government of Myanmar.
“This has enhanced self-confidence and also reinforced the initiative of the government of India that these kinds of cowardly attacks on our brave soldiers will not be tolerated,” he said.
BJP general secretary Muralidhar Rao said, “Myanmar Operation is a firm step of a government with a strong will.”
With inputs from agencies.