Parrikar noted that his remarks evoked a sharp reaction only from one country and, without naming Pakistan, said the question was about his reaction on the terrorist camps in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir supported by Pakistan. "So the response was based on that," he said.
He further added that the word "neutralise" does not mean only killing but also making terrorists switch the sides and surrendering.
Underlining that his remark was generic and not against anyone in particular, Parrikar maintained that only a certain part of his remarks was picked up and highlighted.
"Basically, if I have to defend my country, I will go to any extent...Whatever is required to be done will be done. That is the basic motto which one should have.
"If someone harms my country, I have to take pro-active action....The army's basic purpose is that if anyone attacks the country, attack him back. Pay him back in the same coin," Parrikar asserted, underlining that one does not keep 13 lakh strong Army to "preach peace".
During a media event last week, Parrikar, in reply to a question, had said, "We have to neutralise terrorists through terrorists only. Why can't we do it? We should do it".