Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday asserted that the terrorists will be hunted even if they hide deep underneath the Earth and asked his critics not to question the valor of the armed forces even if they are not willing to trust him.
“Chun-chun ke hisaab lena, ye meri fitrat hai… woh agar saatven pataal mein bhi chupe hon, toh kheench kar nikaal kar maarunga (It is my nature to give a befitting reply…even if they are hidden deep under the Earth, I will pull them out and eliminate them),” he said at a programme here while referring to terrorists.
“Yeh hamara siddhant hai ki hum ghar mai ghus kar maarenge…Main lamba intezaar nahin kar sakta (It is our policy to hit enemies inside their territory….. I don’t like to wait for long),” he said and noted that he tends to heed to the advice of the armed forces on issues of national security.
Hitting out at the political critics, Prime Minister Modi said that they have made such statements which make headlines in Pakistani newspapers and are lauded in Pakistan’s Parliament.
“Is this the way you are serving the national interest?… You may question me on my policies. You may not trust me but at least trust the armed forces. Don’t raise questions over their valor,” the Prime Minister said at the inauguration of the civil hospital here.
He added, “Was there any election when we conducted the surgical strike for the first time? We have been affected by terrorism for the last 40 years. I don’t care for power. I am only concerned about my country’s security.”
“The nation agrees that the menace of terror has to be eliminated. I want to ask, don’t you trust what our armed forces say? It is natural that we should believe the armed forces and be proud of the forces. Yet, I don’t understand why some people still want to question the forces,’ he added.