Rajnath Singh exclusively talks to CNBC TV18 on internal security and terrorism
In a significant statement that is bound to elicit strong reactions from the Pakistani establishment, Rajnath Singh said India cannot rule out more surgical strikes in Pakistan-controlled territory, delivering an uncharacteristically strong warning to Islamabad four months after Indian commandos carried out widespread and deep cross-border raids in response to a terrorist attack on a military base in Kashmir last September.
“Pakistan is our neighbour. If it changes for good, we may not need such a step again. But if terror organizations or others target India, we can’t guarantee that surgical strike will not be repeated,” Singh told Network18 in the hour-long exclusive interview, his first to any media outlet since the surgical strikes. Singh, effectively the No.2 in the government, also said the recent “house arrest” of Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed was an eyewash, and that if Islamabad is really serious about tackling terror, it should pursue legal options, charge him and put him behind bars.