Speaking in Mumbai on the Narendra Modi government's completion of three years in office, he said, "When we came to power in May 2014, we invited heads of all neighbouring countries (to the swearing-in ceremony). We wanted to give a message of peace. But Pakistan continued to create problems."
"Surgical strikes gave the message that we are not only able to kill on this side of the border but now can also cross the border and kill," he said.
"I was told our Army showed such flags on 16 occasions and not once Pakistani army acknowledged it," he said. "I ordered them not to show white flag next time. Don't fire the first bullet, but when they shoot at us, fire so many bullets that it cannot be counted," the minister said.