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Satisfied over readiness of troops along LoC: Jaitley

Satisfied over readiness of troops along LoC: Jaitley

On a visit to the line of control in north Kashmir, Jaitley said issues related to violence and law and order in the state was challenging and would be dealt through security as well as citizen-friendly measures. He later said that all security agencies were on high alert to deal with militants.

"Jammu and Kashmir Assembly has the complete right to implement GST in the state", Jaitley said in a press conference at SKICC in Srinagar.

Jaitley was on a visit of the LoC in Rampur sector of Baramulla district. I would complement the Army for the level of their preparedness and enthusiasm.

"The army is fully confident not to allow any form of infiltration to take place".

To a question on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, while he was briefing the media on tax rates fixed under Goods and Services Tax (GST), Jaitley said: "If there is any effort and any form of ceasefire violation our soldiers will give an adequate response to that".

When asked whether the government would adopt a different approach while dealing with local militants, he said, "The terrorism and militancy, both are aimed at the Indian state, its sovereignty, and the people of Jammu and Kashmir".

About the alleged admission by some separatist leaders during a sting operation by a television channel recently that they are receiving money from across the border to instigate people for violence, the Defence Minsiter said "I am sure the concern agency will take whatever action has to be taken in this matter".

Jaitley who is now also holding the office of Finance Ministry, earlier in the day had said that terrorism is aimed against India and its sovereignty.

He said the present situation of burning schools, kill people and destroy property was being funded by across the border.

"So their actions were the conspiracy against not only against the Indian state but also the average resident of Kashmir valley. They have to be dealt with as a serious surgical problem and have to be dealt with accordingly".

The defence minister asserted that the sentiments of the people would have to be addressed, but could be only done in a peaceful situation. "You can't have the energies of the state involved in just in combating violence at various places", he said.

"Who is to be blamed for unleashing the era of violence", he asked.

Priority at the moment, he said, is to restore normalcy. "And that is what we are trying to do". "But there are examples in the history where people enter on the name of connectivity and then they establish a strategic presence", he said. "Let nobody be envious of what is happening on the other side of the border", he added.


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