Army will give adequate response to ceasefire breach on border: Jaitley

19 May 2017

In a stern message to Pakistan, defence minister Arun Jaitley today said Indian forces will give "adequate response" to any form of ceasefire violation on the border.

After a visit to the Line of Control (LoC), Jaitley said Indian Army is fully prepared to foil any form of infiltration bid. For those perpetuating violence from within, he said such people will be dealt with. He also said that investigation is on into the incident of the army allegedly tying a man to the front of a jeep as a human shield, but went on to add that the Army was interested in saving the lives of both the people who had come to vote and a large crowd of protesters. Priority right now, he said, is to restore normalcy.

"I did visit the LoC. I would complement the Indian army for the level of preparedness and enthusiasm. Our soldiers are fully confident that they would not allow any form of infiltration to take place," he told newspersons here. To a question on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, while he was briefing the media on tax rates fixed under Goods and Services Tax (GST), Jaitley said: "If there is any effort and any form of ceasefire violation our soldiers will give an adequate response to that." He said terrorism and militancy are aimed both against the Indian state, its sovereignty and also against the people of Jammu and Kashmir and it is local people, alongside security personnel, who are losing their lives.

"And, therefore, those who have taken on to violence of this magnitude will certainly be accountable for their actions," the defence minister said. Jaitley, who is also in charge of finance, said it was known that Hyurriat and other militant organisations were being "funded from across the border". "They were funded to create unrest, they were funded to burn schools, they were funded to kill people and destroy public property. So their actions were a conspiracy against not only Indian state but also the average resident of Kashmir valley," he said.