Defence Minister Arun Jaitley visits LoC, applauds soldiers


Srinagar, May 19, 2017: Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday said the government wants people of Jammu and Kashmir to have a peaceful life but security forces will act “very tough” against militants.

Jaitley visited the Army’s forward areas on the Line of Control (LoC) in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district and applauded troops for their readiness to any misadventure by the enemy. He said later that all security agencies were on high alert to deal with militants.

“We will go very tough on the militants, specially those who have crossed over from the other side (Pakistan), because they are responsible for the situation (in the Kashmir Valley),” he said.

The Minister, who reached Srinagar on Wednesday, reviewed security in the state.

“Violence eventually impacts security and life of ordinary residents of the Valley; therefore, the violence is not only against security forces but also against innocents who are losing their lives.

“It is a great opportunity for us to communicate to the people here that India as a country will show full concern and compassion as far as the average peace-loving citizen is concerned. We want you to have a peaceful and prosperous life.”

Earlier, Jaitley tweeted:

Accompanied by General officer Commanding (GoC) of the Baramulla based-division, Maj Gen RP Kalita, Jaitley interacted with jawans and officers and praised their grit, determination and selfless service to the nation.

Jaitley held a meeting with senior army commanders at a forward post along the LoC in north Kashmir and reviewed the security situation in the valley which has been witnessing major violence.

The Minister reiterated the need to maintain strict vigil at all times to thwart the nefarious designs of forces inimical to national interests.

On Thursday, he also held a high-level meeting where newly-appointed defence secretary Amit Mitra and Army chief General Bipin Rawat were present.

Wefornews Bureau

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