Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Arun Jaitley meet troops along LoC

Arun Jaitley meet troops along LoC

Jaitley, however, also asked the security forces that while going tough against militants they should avoid collateral damage during counter insurgency operations in J&K and "ensure safety of the innocent people while dealing firmly with the inimical elements" and step up people-friendly initiatives under its Sadhbhavana campaign.

After a visit to the Line of Control (LoC), he said Indian Army is fully prepared to foil any form of infiltration bid. However, as far as those who are killing people, we can't extend the same facilities to them.

Jaitley also chaired the 14th GST Council as Finance Minister held at Srinagar's Sher-i-Kashmir International Convention Centre (SKICC).

Responding to the issue, Jaitley said, "Yes, there is some problem in south Kashmir and in certain areas, but Srinagar particularly has been extremely hospitable and absolutely peaceful". For those perpetuating violence from within, he said such people will be dealt with. "There is a section which will have to be dealt with by security measures and that there is a section which will have to be dealt with by citizen sentiment". Their actions were conspiracy not only against the Indian state but also the average resident of valley.

"There are public sentiments in every Indian state and these sentiment will have to be addressed; but at the and of the day. when you take to violence and start killing security forces and your own people, you unleash a cycle that does not stop", the Defence Minister said. "This was all being talked about, what your report has done is nearly bring out a confessional statement and the concerned players accepting it. Government agencies will take all steps", he said. The resources which are meant for the economic development of people are today being used essentially for security. "And if there is any effort or any ceasefire violation, our soldiers will give adequate response".

Mr. Jaitley, who was accompanied by General Officer Commanding of Chinar Corps, lauded the high morale of the troops and assured them that the entire nation was with them, the official added.

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