New DElhi, Mar 19: Naseer Jung Januja the National Security Advisor is an army man first. He speaks like an army man even today and this context it would be interesting to share what he had to say following the Pathankot attack.
When India's National Security (NSA) Ajit Doval raked up the Pathankot attack and the involvement of the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), Januja replied in true army man style- "I swear to God, I will destroy the Jaish-e-Mohammad."
Whether the JeM will be destroyed in Pakistan not is yet to be seen. However where the Pathankot probe is concerned, Pakistan at least appears to be taking action.
They have clipped the wings of the Jaish chief, Maulana Masood Azhar at least for now by detaining him. It is still unclear whether it is a detention of a protective detention.
The message to Jihadis
However what the message that India wanted to convey to Pakistan is that they should allow the Jaish to set the tone for the talks between the two countries.
Januja has shown intent and his proximity with the army chief only helps him speed up matters.
Doval following the Pathankot attack had been very stern in his message to Pakistan. He reminded Pakistan that the good will gesture by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi was being undermined by the jihadis.
Modi had made a surprise visit to Pakistan which was seen a good move to take forward relations between the two countries.
The response from Pakistan too was quick. For a change there was some action that was taken. Some of the seminaries of the Jaish were shut down and several persons were arrested and detained in connection with the attack.
A special investigating team scheduled to visit India on March 27 was also set up in quick time. And of course the assurance from Januja that he will destroy the Jaish-e-Mohammad.