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Going to Pakistan is same as going to hell, says Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 16 August 2016, 04:28 PM

Commenting on an infiltration plot foiled on Independence Day near the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday said that a visit to Pakistan is same as a visit to hell.

"Our soldiers sent back five terrorists yesterday. Going to Pakistan is the same as going to hell," Parrikar was quoted as saying by ANI. "Pakistan has encouraged terrorism, and now they are facing consequences of that policy," he said.

In the fourth foiled infiltration bid in the last three weeks, five militants were killed in Uri during encounter with security forces. In the history of Jammu and Kashmir, this year’s Independence Day was the bloodiest. A CRPF jawan was martyred in Srinagar, while two militants were killed in another encounter.

The Indian government has hardened stance on Pakistan since the unrest in Kashmir began in July when terrorist Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter by security forces. Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif had called Wani a 'martyr', saying July 19 would be observed as a 'black day' in solidarity with the people of Kashmir.

On Monday, PM Modi in his Independence Day speech sent a strong message to Pakistan. He said that he was grateful to the people of Balochistan, Gilgit and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, for thanking him for his criticism of the "atrocities" committed in those places by the Pakistan government and its forces.

Last week, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said in Rajya Sabha that "no power on earth" could separate Kashmir from India.

First Published: Tuesday, August 16, 2016 04:19 PM
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