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Situation in Afghanistan posing new questions, says Rajnath Singh

Asserting that India was prepared to deal with any eventualities in a bid to secure its sovereignty, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday said that the government intends to make India strong so that the smaller countries can also feel safe and protected.

Situation in Afghanistan posing new questions, says Rajnath Singh-VPN
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New Delhi, First Published Aug 30, 2021, 1:06 PM IST
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Asserting that India was prepared to deal with any eventualities in a bid to secure its sovereignty, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday said that the government intends to make India strong so that the smaller countries can also feel safe and protected.

Speaking at the Late Balramji Das Tandon seminar on National Security, Rajnath Singh said, "Our objective is to make India, a prosper, strong and secured country. An India which do not threaten the countries but imbibe in them a sense of faith and trust that strong India is not a threat for them but can have a feeling of safety and security."

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He said that the ongoing situation in Afghanistan is a matter of concern.

"Whatever is happening in neighbouring Afghanistan poses new questions from the security point of view. Our government is monitoring the evolving situation in the country," the minister said.

Singh, further, added that the government wants the security of Indians and also ensure that no cross-border terror activities could take place taking a cue from the ongoing situation in Afghanistan. 

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Stating that there are few other concerns that could pose a challenge to national security, Rajnath said, "Our government is alert and ready to deal with all situations. We are always prepared to deal with threats emanating from anywhere -- land, air and water."

On the India-China border standoff, he said there was an attempt to change the status quo unilaterally but "the Narendra Modi-government has clearly given direction not to compromise on such issue."

Talking about Article 370 and 35A, Singh said, "Whatever terror activities are left in Kashmir would end soon. Because I believe that the separatists used to draw strength from Article 370 and 35A. Now, these articles are no more."

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