Goa, March 28: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Monday that a former Indian Navy officer arrested by Pakistan on spying charges would get all possible help. Addressing a media conference during DefExpo, Parrikar said Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav (Retd) would get all possible help via the Ministry of External Affairs.
Though he started on a lighter note that the retired Navy man 'would benefit from the OROP,' Parrikar was quick to back the case of the man, now under Pakistan custody.
"He will get our full back-up," the minister said.
On another query on whether the Pakistan probe team would be given access to Pathankot Air Force base, Parrikar said: "We have not given permission. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is being given the responsibility to conduct the probe. They will decide about the probe."
He said it would be completely NIA's call to decide on the probe plan. "I have asked them to clear the crime scene. It is blocked visually and under the complete control of NIA now," the minister said.
Here are the other key points of Parrikar's press conference.
LCA: The IAF needs more Tejas platforms to form Squadrons. Tejas Squadrons will be formed next year. I am also open to the idea of exporting it, subject to getting all clearances on security concerns.
DPP: The Defence Procurement Procedure will be given a fresh look after six months, if need be. The Strategic Partnership (SP) model in DPP will be send to the Council of Ministers within three months.
Rafale: The deal is important and we are seriously pursing it. I cannot give any timeframe when we will take a final call.
Make in India: The DPSUs, DRDO, OFBs will have to play a big role.
Chinese aggression: We are talking with them. The hotlines are up and working. Confidence-building measures are the key.
IAF preparedness: We are well prepared. It is not the number of aircraft that must be looked into when deciding upon preparedness. There are other forces too that would come in aid during war. These are strategic issues.
Dhanush: The OFB had given three guns for trials (to Indian Army) and there were some concerns. A total of 114 Dhanush guns will be ordered. The total potential is for 414 guns.
DefExpo: A small section opposed and were floating misinformation. It happens in Goa. It had happened earlier as well. The team has put up a great show. Many huge structures have come up on the last 20 days.