SOURCE: Prasar Bharati

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has said that talks with Pakistan can never happen if it continues to be the safe haven for terrorists. Speaking at an event in Chhatrapati Sambhaji Nagar, Maharashtra Rajnath Singh said there are some anti-India forces who are unable to digest India’s progress and strength. He added that since they do not have the strength to directly face India, they resort to proxy war like terrorism.

He added that after the Uri and Pulwama incident, Armed Forces gave a strong message through surgical strikes and airstrikes that they are ready to fight and eliminate terrorism within the country or across the border.

Mr Singh said Article 370 has been abrogated in Jammu and Kashmir and effective action has been taken against terrorism.

The Defence Minister said securing borders, safety of the people and safeguarding the unity, integrity & sovereignty of the nation is the top priority of the government.

Mr Singh said asserted that all efforts are being made to ensure that the country is protected from all kinds of threats.

Talking about the growth in the defence sector, Mr Singh said, India is not only manufacturing defence equipment to cater to its own requirements but is also fulfilling the security needs of friendly countries.

The Defence Minister stated that all sectors, including defence, have contributed in strengthening the country’s economy and it has become the fifth-largest economy in the world.