New Delhi, Jan 2: Pakistan's advice for de-activating ground and air troops in forward areas was turned down by Defence Minister A K Antony on Friday, Jan 2. "Pakistan has no right to give any suggestion and even now 330 terror outfits are active in Pak", Antony opined.Indian forces will remain alert and there is no noticeable change, armed forces will do their duty, he said.
"I do not think there is any noticeable change in the attitude of Pakistan. Statements are not important. Actions are important. They have to prove by their action," Defence Minister A K Antony told reporters here on the sidelines of a Defence Ministry function.
"More than 330 terrorist outfits are still operating in Pakistan, there is no improvement or any change in attitude," Antony said. "Nobody will tell us, after 26/11 we must be prepared to meet any eventuality. It is our duty," he asserted.
"Armed forces are doing their duty. They are not escalating anything. They are not doing any power projection. They are doing their duty. They have to be fully prepared to meet any challenge from any quarter, any threat from any quarter," Antony said.
"We are not escalating the issues. There is no unusual troop movement on our side. Whatever is taking place, the exercise and others, is normal only," Antony said, underlining that the Indian troops had to remain alert always.
"They (armed forces) are not lowering their guard. They are in a state of full preparedness. We cannot relax anytime. We must not lower our guard, we have to be fully prepared to meet any challenge, any threat, any eventuality," he said.
However, there was no time limit that India had given Pakistan to act. "There is no time limit. Only thing left is for them is to act," Antony said.
OneIndia News (With inputs from Agencies)