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Retaliate with double force, says Defence Minister on truce violation by Pakistan

With Pakistan continuing to violate the ceasefire, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has directed the security forces not to hold back and retaliate with “double the force”.

His comments came after an Army jawan was on Tuesday injured as Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire along the LoC in Pallanwala sector of Jammu district. This was the fifth ceasefire violation in the past one week.

Underlining that the number of ceasefire violations across the LoC have reduced as compared to last year, Parrikar noted that the violations have increased across the International Border.

Asked what has been his direction to the security forces, Parrikar, who was interacting with defence journalists last night, said, “Our (NDA government) response is don’t hesitate. React appropriately without holding yourself back”.

He said that if there are any ceasefire violations, the Indian forces should retaliate “with double the force” and if there is an attack on Army posts, the terrorists need to be neutralised.

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