A day after daring Pakistan for a fourth war, Deputy Prime Minister Lal Kishenchand Advani on Sunday stepped up his offensive against Islamabad and asked the international community to "ostracise terror states".
Without directly referring to Pakistan, he said, "Terrorist organisations are dangerous but terror states are far more dangerous. The international community should ostracise such terror states in the interest of democracy, civilisation and humanity."
Addressing the 37th Raising Day Parade of the Border Security Force at the force's Chhawla campus on the outskirts of Delhi, Advani said though the neighbouring country has banned some terrorist outfits "under international pressure", it continued to provide protection and refuge to such elements.
Paying homage to 107 BSF jawans martyred during the year, most of them in Jammu and Kashmir fighting terrorism, he said Pakistan, having been defeated thrice in war and having realised it can never win a direct confrontation with India, has resorted to terrorism. "Innocent civilians, women and children are being made targets. This poses a grave threat not only to the common man but also to democracy, civilisation and humanity. The earlier the world realises it, the better it would be for humanity," Advani said.
The deputy prime minister announced Rs two crore grant from the home ministry for the welfare of the BSF personnel.
Advani also promised to remove all obstacles in the way of the Accelerated Career Progression Scheme, which provides for salary equivalent to that of a head constable for all constables who have completed 12 years of service.
This is keeping in view the 15 years time it takes a constable to get promotion.
Advani assured the BSF personnel that he would consider their demand for restoring the special monthly allowance given to subedar major rank holders, which was taken away following the implementation of the Fifth Pay Commission Report.
Advani presented the President's gallantry medals, police medals and medals for distinguished service to relatives of the BSF martyrs and other serving personnel after inspecting the parade.
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