NSA Ajit Doval attended the 80th raising day of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on Tuesday in Haryana's Gurugram district. Addressing the gathering at the ceremony, he spoke about the Pulwama terror attack that took place February 14 in which 40 CRPF jawans were martyred, saying that 'India has not forgotten and will not forget the terror attack in Pulwama'.
Paying tribute to the martyred CRPF soldiers, Ajit Doval assured that the country's leadership is capable to respond to the acts of terrorism, while addressing the ceremony.
"I can assure you that the country's leadership is very capable to effectively respond to such acts (Pulwama) of terrorism and those who aide it. What should we do? What should be our way, our aim and our response and time to respond? We will choose our timing. The leadership will deal with issues in its own way, whether it is taking action against terrorist or those supporting terrorists. The country's leadership is both capable and courageous to (do) that," he said.
He later hailed the families of the martyrs and said the country will always be indebted to this personnel and their families.
Asking the CRPF officers to never look back or worry about the past, he suggested them to enhance upon their professionalism, credibility training and physical strength, saying, "If your morale is high then country's future is safe."
Doval said world history is replete with examples of constitutional crises and government collapsing when the internal security of a nation is threatened.
The CRPF, he said, has to take a lead role in ensuring peace and law and order. "As the lead internal security force of the country, the CRPF has an onerous task on its shoulders to render the duties."
The CRPF, a three-lakh-personnel force, was raised in 1939 as Crown Representatives Police during the British rule and was granted the President's colour this day in 1950 by first home minister of the country, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. It is the highest honour bestowed on a force in recognition of exceptional service rendered by it to the nation, both during war and peace.
Doval, a close aide of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is believed to be the person behind the planning of the air strike on the camp of Jaish-e-Mohammad in Balakot in Pakistan, carried out by the Indian Air Force in retaliation to the Pulwama terror attack, one of the worst on security personnel in Kashmir in three decades.
(With PTI inputs)