New Delhi: A day after India’s prime minister Narendra Modi hailed the killing of Pakistani military commander Asif Zardari by Indian forces, the Indian leader said he had been “very proud” of the “toughness” he had shown in confronting Pakistan.
On Friday, the Pakistan army said it was in a “state of high alert” and was planning to launch an operation to flush out the Pakistani Taliban, the most active insurgent group in the region.””
He was very clear that Pakistan had to be destroyed, he was clear that they had to change their behaviour and to take responsibility for the fact that they have attacked our people in Balochistan and Kashmir.”
On Friday, the Pakistan army said it was in a “state of high alert” and was planning to launch an operation to flush out the Pakistani Taliban, the most active insurgent group in the region.
“The army is planning an operation that is to flush terrorists from the areas in Baluchistan and Karachi,” said Lieutenant General Asim Bajwa, Pakistan’s army chief, in a televised statement.
“We are going to wipe out terrorists in the valley and the border area.”
He did not elaborate.
The statement was not immediately followed up by the military.
The Pakistani military said the army had not taken any action in Baluchestan province since the army was not “operating in the areas controlled by the armed wing of the terrorist organisation” on Friday.
The US and India have fought several high-profile wars in recent years over disputed territory in Kashmir and the Kashmir valley.
Mr Modi, who is expected to visit the Indian city of Kolkata later this week, has been in India for several days for a visit to New Delhi to sign a defence deal with India.
The New Delhi-based Times of Israel newspaper said Mr Modi had said in his press conference that he had asked Pakistan to “reconsider” the “dangerous” cross-border attacks.
“It was a tough time for Pakistan, and I think it was a very tough time,” Mr Modi, a former minister of state for defence, said.
“We have to understand what has been happening in the world, what has happened in the last 10 years.”
This is what I was talking about, we need to get rid of terrorists, we should have a hard time.
“That’s the toughest thing.
This is a very serious matter, and we have to be tough, we have the toughest job in the country.”
On Wednesday, Mr Zardaris funeral was held in Pakistan.
He was killed by Pakistani troops on Wednesday morning when his convoy, which had been on a road trip through Balochstan, collided with the Pakistani army’s Humvee in Balokot, about 50 kilometres (30 miles) from Balochs capital of Karachi.
The Indian army had been conducting a “robust” operation to “clear” Pakistan’s border with the border region, the army said in a statement.
A Taliban spokesman, Mujahidullah Mujahidi, denied any involvement in the killing.
“Pakistani forces have no authority to attack us.
We have no permission to cross our border,” he told Reuters news agency.
The Taliban has long waged a campaign of attacks against India, its closest neighbour and regional ally, and has claimed responsibility for many of the attacks that have targeted Indian security forces.
In April, Pakistan said its forces had killed two Taliban leaders, a Taliban commander and a suicide bomber who had attacked the Indian army base in Balakot in Punjab province.
Mr Zardarians killing comes a day after a US drone attack killed a senior Taliban commander in Pakistan’s tribal region, where a large group of Pakistani troops are based.
The attack on Thursday killed a man who had been involved in several militant attacks on Indian forces.
The drone strike was the second such attack in Pakistan in recent weeks.
On Wednesday night, an Indian Air Force fighter jet shot down a Russian Mi-17 military transport plane that had been fired on by unidentified gunmen near the border.
India has accused Russia of carrying out the attack.