Army Ready to counter ceasefire violations: Arun Jaitley

Army Ready to counter ceasefire violations: Arun Jaitley

Army Ready to counter ceasefire violations: Arun Jaitley

"The terrorism and the militancy, both are aimed against the Indian state, its sovereignty and the people of Jammu and Kashmir", Jaitley said.

"With an average citizen, irrespective of their political views, we'd like them to be on the Indian side in this debate".

On TV expose about separatists receiving funding from Pakistan, Defence Minister said, "It was known that they were being funded from across the border, funded to create unrest, funded to burn schools, funded to kill people and destroy public property".

"There is a section which will have to be dealt with by security measures and there is a section which will have to be dealt by with citizen-friendly measures", he said.

The Minister today (Friday) visited forward areas in Rampur Sector on the LoC, interacted with the troops and praised their grit, determination and selfless service to the nation, Defence Ministry Spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said.

On recurring protests in Kashmir, he said sentiments can be addressed when there is a peaceful atmosphere. "Sentiments have to be addressed once the situation is normal here", he said. But at the end of the day, the current situation emerges when you take to violence, when you take to arms and you start killing security forces and your own people.

"Their actions were conspiracy not only against Indian state but also against residents of Kashmir Valley. I am sure the concerned agencies of the government will take whatever action is needed in this matter".

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He said taking to violence only unleashed a "cycle of violence" and that the aspirations of the people can be addressed only when there is peace.

Jaitley said the state's energy could not always be devoted exclusively to combating violence.

He at a meeting with senior Army commanders held at Srinagar's Badami Bagh cantonment on Wednesday, had asked the Army and other security forces to go all out against militants and terrorists and target them wherever they are in Jammu and Kashmir. He complimented the soldiers "for the level of preparedness and enthusiasm".

"Let no body be envious of what happens across the border".

About the China's presence in Pakistan administered Kashmir, he said there were examples in history where people enter in the name of connectivity and then establish a strategic presence.

On a Budgam youth tied to an army jeep by the forces, he said the investigation was going on.

Without outrightly rejecting the possibility of holding talks with separatists, including Hurriyat Conference (HC), Defence Minister Arun Jaitley today said first priority at the moment was to restore normalcy in the Kashmir valley. "If there is any effort of ceasefire violation, our soldiers will give adequate response to this".

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