New Delhi (NVI): Describing revocation of special status of Jammu and Kashmir granted under Article 370 as a bold decision taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for “peace in Kashmir”, Union Home Minister Amit Shah today said India is fighting a decisive battle to eliminate cross-border terrorism in the country, “once and for all”.
Addressing the 35th Raising Day function of National Security Guard (NSG), an elite counter-terrorism force, Shah said, “Modi government’s policy of “Zero Tolerance against terrorism” is unchangeable and to uphold this policy, a force like NSG is fully capable of safeguarding the nation from terrorism.
Expressing confidence in the force, Shah said, “NSG will always remain committed towards Modi government’s vision of a ‘world-class Zero-Error force’ and play a decisive role in eliminating terrorism from India.
“It makes the country’s commandos role important in maintaining the internal security of the country,” he added.
Terming terrorism as a curse for modern developed society and a roadblock for growth and development of the people, Shah said, “India has been fighting the longest battle in the world” against the menace emanating from across the border, implying Pakistan.
“In today’s time when unconventional warfare is the rule, NSG is always prepared and ready to protect the nation, whether it is during terror attacks like Akshardham temple, 26/11, Pathankot airbase or any other anti-hijack, bomb defusal operations, ” the Home Minister said.
“NSG has impressed the world with its capability to counter any terror attack possible today. This inspires confidence in the minds of the people of the country that they are in safe hands,” he added.
Paying tributes to the martyrs of the force, Shah said, “NSG’s capabilities in protecting the nation from all acts of terrorism are unparalleled and it has always upheld its motto of ‘Sarvatra, Sarvottam, Suraksha’.”
During the event at NSG headquarters in Manesar, Gurugram, Home Minister witnessed a splendid display of the preparedness of the NSG to tackle any terror attack against the country.
Shah said, “The brave and selfless commandos of NSG have been equipped with latest anti-terror capabilities and weapons.”
Giving importance to human capabilities over weapons, he said, “Though capabilities like mobility surveillance, counter-drone firepower of NSG have been upgraded, yet any weapon cannot match a commando’s bravery and patriotism.”
Talking about the variety of activities undertaken by NSG, he said, “On the one hand, NSG has trained with Special Forces of different countries and exchanged best practices while on the other, NSG officers have participated in Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and other environmental conservation efforts, which is another form of service to the Nation.”
He also congratulated NSG on its contingent for unfurling the National Flag on Mt. Everest.