Myanmar denies Indian attack within its territory, Parrikar defends pro-active role

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A day after the Indian government claimed that the Indian Army, in a cross-border operation in Myanmar, destroyed camps of rebels suspected to be behind the June 4 attack on the Army convoy, in Chandel district of Manipur, Myanmar denied the reports, and said it would not tolerate rebel groups using its soil to attack neighbours.

“According to the information sent by Tatmadaw (Myanmar army) battalions on the ground, we have learned that the military operation was performed on the Indian side at India-Myanmar border,” said Zaw Htay, director of Myanmar’s presidential office, in a Facebook post.

“Myanmar will not accept any foreigner who attacks neighbouring countries in the back and creates problems by using our own territory,” he further added.

Meanwhile, Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, said, the Indian Army’s operation to neutralise two camps of militants  has led to a “change in mindset.” “Change requires a change in mindset. A simple action against insurgents has changed the mindset of the security scenario of the country,” Parrikar said.

 The Defence Minister further added, “Those who fear India’s new posture have started reacting,” in what is seen as a reference to a Pakistani minister warning  that “Pakistan is not like Myanmar.”

However, Khaplang faction of National Socialist Council of Nagaland or NSCN-K termed the report of Army operation as ‘baseless’  and stated that reports were efforts by Indian army to “to salvage their reputation.”

The militants group also challenged the army to display or come out with the bodies of the cadres killed in the attack. “The topography shown on television does not exist. We do not have a well-maintained footpath or the pine garden that was shown,” it said.

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