Reminding Pakistan of the Bangladesh Liberation war of 1971, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday warned the neighbouring country to not repeat the '1971 mistake'. Speaking at a program in Jaipur to mark the 103rd birth anniversary of Jan Sangh ideologue Deen Dayal Upadhyaya, the defence minister said: "I have adviced Pakistan a number of times that they should not repeat the mistake they did in '65 or '71. In 1971, Pakistan was divided into two parts, and Bangladesh was formed. Therefore I am advising them that they should not repeat the 1971 mistake, else what can happen to Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir, they understand this very well."
The defence minister also added that the BJP does politics to build the country and not on the sole purpose to form the government. "We will lose an election than deceive you because we don't do politics only to form the government but to form the country. And by ending Article 370 and 35A, we have shown that there is no difference between what BJP says and what it does." Singh also added that Pakistan is unable to digest that India has integrated the state of Jammu and Kashmir, by abrogating the discriminatory Article 370.
The Defense Minister Rajnath Singh also responded on the Chief of Arny Staff's statement that Balakot has been reactivated. He assured that Indian forces are fully prepared. He said that when the Pulwama terror attack happened, India only hit the terror camps in Pakistan, but did not take any action against its army. Hinting that India will not tolerate the leniency of the Pakistan administration towards the terror outfits and its army's aid to terrorists, the Defence Minister said: "If things go on like this, then we cannot say what will happen in future."
Earlier on August 16, the defence minister had issued a nuke warning to Pakistan while paying tributes to late former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in Pokhran. Singh said: "India's stand, as much as, Nuclear policy is concerned, has remained 'no first policy'. But what will happen in the future will depend on the circumstances in the future." However, Singh also added that India is a responsible nuclear state.
Pokhran is the area which witnessed Atal Ji’s firm resolve to make India a nuclear power and yet remain firmly committed to the doctrine of ‘No First Use’. India has strictly adhered to this doctrine. What happens in future depends on the circumstances.— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) August 16, 2019