Rampur (Uttar Pradesh):
Extremists have realised that their designs would never succeed in India due to the "tough attitude" of Prime Minister Narendra Modi towards terror and the high morale of security forces for dealing with situations like the attack in Pathankot today, Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said.
Also, amidst speculation as to what impact the attack today would have on the peace talks between India and Pakistan, the minister spoke of the "BJP government's policy of generating, maintaining and furthering very good relationship" with the neighbouring country.
Pointing at the operation today by security forces following the terror strike in Pathankot, he said that the way the attack was "mercilessly crushed" shows that India is geared up to respond to such activities.
"Militancy now has no wings to fly in India as they have been impressed fully by the Prime Minister's extremely tough handling of such elements.
"Modi's fear very much exists in the minds of the activists of Islamic State", Mr Naqvi said as he claimed that the outfit tried to enter India but had to retreat due to Prime Minister Modi's "tough attitude on this count".
The Minister of State for Minority Affairs, meanwhile, congratulated Indian Muslims for their patriotism, saying they "never lend their ear to ISIS and crushed those elements who tried to bring the outfit to India".
Mr Naqvi said that the day would come when Pakistan shall be forced to hand over Lashkar-e-Taiba leader Hafiz Saeed and fugitive don Dawood Ibrahim due to the BJP government's policy of "generating, maintaining and furthering very good relationship with Pakistan".
"This gesture of ours was proved by the recent visit of the Prime Minister and the much-friendly meetings (sic) with his Pakistan counterpart," he said.
Turning to Samajwadi Party-ruled Uttar Pradesh, he said that "the Centre has sanctioned Rs 3,000 crore expecting that development in the real sense of the term would take place" in the state.
He further averred confidently that the BJP would form the government in the state after the 2017 elections and not ally with any other party. He said the party has formulated its strategies for achieving that goal.