Prepared to give Pak a befitting reply in case of escalation: Parrikar

New Delhi:Amid soaring tempers on both sides of the border between India and Pakistan, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Sunday said India was prepared for "any escalation".

"We are fully prepared for any escalation. My mother used to say if you go to the forest hunting for a rabbit, be prepared to face the tiger as well," Parrikar told a private news channel in an interview aired on Sunday.

The situation has been tense on the Line of Control (LoC) after the September 18 Uri attack on an Indian army base camp and the Indian retaliation on the terrorist launch pads through a cross-border "surgical strike" on the intervening night ofSeptember 28-29. (IANS)