Republic spoke exclusively to defence expert Brigadier Basant Ponwar (retd) after the big success of the security forces in neutralizing three terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir. He opined that the terrorists crossing the border are bound to get killed by the forces. He further stated that India was capable of thwarting Pakistan’s design of sending terrorists across the border. The retired Brigadier said they were a "shame" to the entire world.
Mentioning that the young boys in Pakistan were trained for Jihad, he praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his anti-terror remarks at the United Nations and the ‘Howdy, Modi! Shared Dreams, Bright Futures’ community event in Houston.
He remarked,” Imran Khan, the Prime Minister of Pakistan has been harping on various issues in the United States of America. And he said, so many terrorists are waiting to cross the border and all those things. They are waiting to cross the border, only to meet their death. They are only coming across the LoC into our nation to get killed by the Indian forces. Indian forces are very far ahead of Pakistan’s designs of sending terrorists across. These young boys whom they have trained for Jihad are a shame to the whole world. Is this the kind of neighbour you expect India to tolerate? Now, our honourable PM made such fantastic and outstanding remarks in the US at both the UN and Houston regarding our battle against terror, that we will not tolerate terror. And the security forces and the CRPF have done a grand job.”
Barging into the home of a 63-year-old person named Vijay located in Batote town of Ramban district, the three terrorists took the old man hostage, who is a tailor by profession and also a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) worker. He was finally rescued unharmed by the forces. This was a joint operation conducted by Jammu and Kashmir Police and the Indian Army. The locals in that area were advised to remain inside their homes for their safety. At the same time, the area was cordoned off and the traffic movement from the Jammu and the Ramban side was halted.