New Delhi, Jul 27: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday made it categorically clear that as far as national security is concerned vis-a-vis dealing with terror menace and related challenges including from overseas forces, his government will not allow any 'pressure or influence' to decide its strategy.
"Rashtriya suraksha ke liye na kisi ke dabao mein, na pravao mein kaam hoga (On national security, no external pressure or influence can work)," Prime Minister said. Addressing a grand function organised to mark the 20th anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas in presence of top military and civil officials, Mr Modi said at the same time there will not be any issue of funds and arms shortage for the forces.
He paid rich tributes to valiant Indian soldiers who fought steadfastly during the Kargil Conflict of 1999 and lashed out at Pakistan for its aggressive policies while pointing out to the global community that India has never adopted such strategies.
"Our history is a witness by itself that India has never been an aggressive country. We always cherished peaceful measures in the larger interest of humankind. Our country has always remained committed to that policy," the Prime Minister said.
Referring to the Kargil Conflict of 1999, he said "previously international community had maintained a blind-eye approach towards our neighbour" - but it was the Kargil Conflict that exposed them.
"Pakistan had experimented with Kargil, because they thought the international community will come in and a new line of border - "nayi rekha" - will be created. But they did not presume that India will retaliate in the manner it was done," Prime Minister said. Addressing a function organised to mark the 20th Anniversary of the Kargil Vijay Diwas, Modi said. The victory also symbolises the victory of the sense of duty of every Indian. He lashed out at Pakistan for its proxy war vis-a-vis terror menace and maintained that "those who believe in human rights must stand with the armed forces to fight the terror menace".
Mr Modi said that under the leadership of the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Pakistan was given a befitting response during the Kargil conflict.
"Pakistan shuru se hi Kashmir ko lekar chhal karta raha (From the very beginning, Pakistan has been pursuing its well known policy of duplicity and double standards)," Mr Modi said.
He said Islamabad had tried the same games in 1947, 1965 and 1971 as well, "but in 1999 during the Kargil conflict, their tricks were exposed". Lauding the professional approach of Indian armed forces, he said the image of our soldiers at home is about providing national security, "and at the overseas and international level, our forces have an image of a credible peace keeping force".
In this context, he said Israeli leaders often refer to the valiant peace works carried out by Indian armed forces as part of the peace keeping force in that region.
This was the first time the Prime Minister has made an address on the occasion of Kargil Vijay Diwas. The genesis of the conflict lay in Pakistani intruders and regular Pakistan army personnel crossing over the Line of Control (LoC) and occupied strategic heights.
In the ultimate, the Pakistani forces and intruders were given a befitting reply and chased out of Indian boundaries. Mr Modi reminded that though the forces in India are capable of fighting a conventional war, in modern times, things have changed. "Proxy war has become an order of the day and humanity is a victim of the same....In this, terrorism is posing a global challenge to entire human race," he said and underlined that "some forces are trying to draw political mileage by such approaches".
"Some people are encouraging terrorism....And thus, today it is high time that all those who believe in human rights must stand with the armed forces to fight the terror menace". The three-hour programme held at capital's spacious Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium had star singer Mohit Chauhan presenting patriotic songs.
The Shillong Chamber Choir also performed and an eight-minute film on the Kargil War was also screened. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh was also present on the occasion besides the three services chiefs. (UNI)