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'Aggressive domination of troops on LoC very satisfying,' tweets Arun Jaitley

Arun Jaitley Defence Minister Arun Jaitley
Eleena Tovar | 19 May, 2017, 22:02

Jaitley, who is in Srinagar for the 14th Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council meet, had a meeting with the senior commanders and troops at a forward post along the Line of Control (LoC), where he reviewed security situation.

Defence Minister, Arun Jaitley, on Friday asked the troops defending the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir to sustain "tight vigil" along the de facto border, thwart attempts of infiltration and give a "strong and befitting" reply to any misadventure from across by Pakistan.

"The effect of their actions is that besides the security personnel, it is the local citizens who are losing their lives". For those perpetuating violence from within, he said such people will be dealt with. But as far as those who are killing people - we can't extend the same facility to them.

"Our troops and our Army are fully ready to check any form of infiltration. They will have to be treated as serious insurgency problem and dealt with accordingly", he said.

"We will go very tough on the militants, especially those who have crossed over from the other side (Pakistan), because they are responsible for the situation (in the Kashmir Valley)", he said. "Terrorism and militancy is aimed against Indian state, it's sovereignty and also against people of J&K", he was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

On recurring protests in Kashmir, he said sentiments can be addressed when there is a peaceful atmosphere.

He said the aspirations of the people have to be addressed but that can be done only when there is peace in the state.

"At the end of the day, the current situation emerges when you take to arms and start killing security forces then you get in a cycle which doesn't stop".

The Defence Minister, who was accompanied by General Officer Commanding of 15-Corps, assured the troops that the entire nation was with them, they said. Mentioning that separatists are being funded from across the border, he had said, "It was known they (separatists) were being funded from across the border".

"You can't have the energy of the state involved in combating violence in various places. The resources, which are meant for the economic development of the people, are today being used essentially for security and who is to be blamed for that era of violence", he said. "We want you to have a peaceful and prosperous life".