India said the situation in Afghanistan is raising new questions from the security point of view and it is constantly monitoring the situation. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said, along with the security of Indians, the government also wants to ensure that anti-national forces can not encourage cross-border terrorism by taking advantage of the situation in Afghanistan.
He was addressing the third Balramji Das Tandon memorial lecture organised by Punjab University at Chandigarh on the issue of national security through video conferencing today.
Talking about border security, Mr. Singh said, several anti-India forces have attempted to create an atmosphere of instability in India since independence. He said, a massive effort has been made in this direction from Pakistan’s soil, however, Indian army and security forces have not only faced every challenge but also retaliated them. He said, Pakistan always received befitting reply from Indian security forces on ceasefire violations.
The Minister said, India and Pakistan agreed on ceasefire along LoC and New Delhi is in wait and watch mode because trust deficit is a big problem between two countries.
The Defence Minister expressed hope that terrorism in Kashmir will end as the strength that separatist forces used to get there due to Article 370 and 35A is over now.
He said it is true that there has been a perceptional difference regarding the border with China and despite this, there are some agreements and protocols on that basis armies of the two countries conduct patrolling. He added that the last year’s controversy in eastern Ladakh had occured as the Chinese forces ignored the agreed protocols.
He said India cannot allow the Chinese army to act on the LAC in a unilateral manner under any circumstances. Terming the bravery, valour and restraint shown by the Indian Army in the Galwan Valley as incomparable, he said, the future generations will also be proud of those brave soldiers.
The Minister also said, several infrastructure projects are underway in Ladakh and North East and these projects are not just infrastructure projects but are an important part of the National Security Grid.