‘Surgical strikes showed India’s firm resolve against terror’

New Delhi, Oct 13 (IANS) India showed the world its firm resolve against terrorism when it carried out the surgical strikes on September 29, Union Minister of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir said here on Thursday.

“India has shown its might. The world has seen what is the difference between those talking too much and those talking less on the intervening night of September 28 and 29,” Ahir told reporters on the sidelines of a Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Ficci) event.

The minister was reacting to the rhetoric from Pakistan in the wake of the strikes across the Line of Control.

Addressing a seminar on ‘Border Management and Illicit Trade’ organised by Ficci, Ahir said that India has always tried to improve its ties with neighbouring countries, including Pakistan and China, but the reciprocal gestures have not always been good.

“We believe some tasks cannot be carried out through arms but through dialogue. But, Pakistan has created a lot of problem by indulging in drug-trafficking. Young population living in Punjab along Pakistan border has been troubled by Pakistan. This is a persistent challenge which needs to be tackled,” he said.

Ahir also alleged that the “neighbouring country (Pakistan) does not want to see our youths flourish and progress”.

Ficci Secretary General Didar Singh said illicit trade and smuggling of products impact India’s economy and industries as well as safety and security of consumers.

India faces a loss of nearly Rs 40,000 crore in taxes due to illegal trade of just seven products, Singh said.



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