Senior journalist Rahul Jalali on Saturday said that Pakistan's claim of seeing an Indian submarine in its waters lacks credibility, as its navy is virtually non-existent and in no position to stop Indian submarines should they enter Pakistan waters.
Jalali further backed Navy Chief Admiral Lamba who dubbed the claim made by Pakistan as "bogus".
"Well, I think, we should not take it seriously because Pakistan has no navy to talk about. We should not give much credence because Pakistan with a non-existence navy is in no position to intervene Indian submarines," Jalali told ANI.
While addressing a press conference yesterday Navy chief Lamba, said "I would like to say that there was no Indian submarine deployed in their area as the Pakistan Navy is claiming it to be. As far as repelling the submarine of any nation goes, it is not an easy task and the claim made by the Pakistani Navy is totally bogus. Due to prevailing security scenario, the navy has reviewed deployment philosophy to proactively deter any menace," he said.
"We deploy our submarines where we need operational necessity and the need for them to be. We will continue to deploy our submarines," he added.
Admiral Lanba further said that the being the largest naval power in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) the Indian Navy is aimed at abiding by its duty to shape a positive maritime environment.
On last Thursday, Pakistan naval chief Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah had termed as "unusual" an alleged effort by an Indian submarine to enter into its territorial waters and warned of retaliation if such an effort was made again.
"If India does something like this again, the Pakistan Navy will respond to protect our sovereignty," he said, speaking on the sidelines of the 9th International Defence Exhibition.
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First Published: Sat, December 03 2016. 10:37 IST