Siachen's Demilitarisation: We Don't Need Anybody's Suggestion, Says Parrikar

4 October 2015

Nadiad (Gujarat): Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Sunday hits back at Pakistan over its suggestion that the Siachen Glacier should be demilitarised and said India doesn't need anybody's suggestion in this regard. 'I am not willing to hear from the others on the matter, else I will not pay any heed to it,' said Parrikar. When asked about Islamic States' (IS) presence in Pakistan and Kashmir, he said that he won't comment on what was taking place in Pakistan. 'However, as far as Kashmir is concerned, the situation has improved there in the past two-three years,' he added. Commenting on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Make in India' initiative, Parrikar said, 'Make in India' in the defence sector can generate at least 30-40 lakh jobs. Under the initiative, it has been told to defence equipment suppliers that India will not import everything, and if they want to supply their products, they will have to bring their technology and establish their production unit to India.' When asked about the purpose behind warship INS Trikand going to Turkey, he said, 'India performs joint naval exercises with many friendly countries, such as India-U.S.-Japan will participate in Malabar naval exercise. Besides, India and Australia have just concluded a passing naval exercise (PASSEX).