India was not a weak country any more but a strong one, Singh added. He was talking about Dokalam. Photograph: (AFP)
Singh said he had ordered Indian soldiers not to fire at their Pakistani counterparts first, but to give them a fitting reply by 'firing countless bullets' if Pakistan opened fire
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said Indian soldiers along the India-Pakistan border had been killing at least five-six terrorists every day and that he has asked them to give a fitting reply if Pakistan opened fire.
Singh said yesterday he had ordered Indian soldiers not to fire at their Pakistani counterparts first, but give them a fitting reply by "firing countless bullets" if Pakistan opened fire.
On the Dokalam issue, he said India was not a weak country anymore, but a strong one, and was in a position to resolve the contentious matter with its neighbour China.
"India is no more a weak nation, but a strong country. You ought to know how India resolved the Dokalam issue with China, especially when most people across the globe were anticipating an India-China conflict," the home minister said.
"If India was a weak country, it could not have been in a position to resolve the Dokalam issue with China," he added.
Indian and Chinese soldiers had engaged in a standoff in Dokalam in Sikkim sector for more than two months earlier this year after PLA troops tried to build a road in the area claimed by Indian ally Bhutan.
The standoff was later resolved through diplomatic negotiations.