New Delhi: Hours after the Army's successful covert operation in Myanmar, Rajyavardhan Rathore, Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting said that the operation was a message to all countries, including Pakistan, and groups fostering "terror intent" towards India that "we will strike at a place and at a time of our choosing."
Rathore, a retired Colonel from the Army told The Indian Express, "It was a much-needed decision that was taken by the Prime Minister. This decision was extremely bold in nature. And it involved our Special Forces crossing the border and going deep into another country."
Rathore further said that according to intelligence reports "there were two camps preparing another strike on India" and these two camps were physically detached from each other.
The minister said "Both camps were struck and were completely annihilated. The Special Forces returned without a single casualty."
In a tweet, Rathore said, "Indian Army strikes into the heart of militants. Desh ke dushmano ko karara jawab. Kushal netritva, mazboot sarkar PM@narendramodi #56inchRocks."
Underlining "essence of warfare" Rathore said, "We will not tolerate any strikes on India or Indians. We'll always wield the initiative on either being friendly or engaging in aggressive action. We will strike at a place and at a time of our choosing."
When asked how far did the Indian Army's Special Forces go inside the Myanmar territory, the minister said that "it was deep enough for the terrorists to feel safe".