Our forces capable of responding to ceasefire violations, says Jaitley
Taking strong note over ceasefire violations by Pakistan, defence minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday said that Indian forces are well capable of responding to any violations along the Line of Control (LoC).
Jaitley, who is presently on a two-day official visit to Jammu and Kashmir to take stock of the situation in terms of India’s security, has revealed that he will soon review security related issues with the state government. ‘Discussion with the officers involved in the security grid will also be done,’ he said.
While commenting on the ceasefire violations by Pakistan in the midst of peace dialogues between Prime Ministers of both the countries, Jaitley said, ‘Our forces are capable of responding to it’
Accompanied by Army Chief General Bikram Singh, Jaitley has reached Jammu and Kashmir on his maiden visit since assuming charge as the Defence Minister. He also met Governor N N Vohra and Chief Minister Omar Abdullah.
Ahead of his visit, Pakistan troops on Friday targeted Indian posts in Poonch sector with heavy weaponry like mortar shells and indiscriminate firing, prompting Jaitley to remind it that maintenance of peace on border is a ‘pre-condition’ for normalization of relations.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had questioned the timing of the ceasefire violation. ‘Is it just a coincidence that the Defence Minister is visiting J&K, for his 1st visit, to review the security situation tomorrow?’ Omar tweeted.
The firing came a day after an IED blast in the Tarkundi forward area along the LoC in Poonch in which one jawan was killed and three others injured.
Between end of April and mid-May, 19 incidents of ceasefire violation were reported along the LoC.