Jaitley: ‘Soon Militants Will Be On The Run’

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Srinagar:  Defence Minister Arun Jaitley, who is currently in Srinagar, told a New Delhi based TV channel Friday evening that Indian armed forces were ready and soon the militants will be on the run.

Speaking to the ‘Times Now’ channel Jaitley said that there is still peace in a part of the Valley.

Earlier Jaitley expressed satisfaction over the “aggressive domination” and “readiness” of troops along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir to give a befitting response to any “misadventure” by Pakistan.

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.

Jaitley conducted an aerial survey of forward posts along the LoC and interacted with troops in Rampur sector.

Jaitley, who was accompanied by General Officer Commanding of Chinar Corps, lauded the high morale of the troops and assured them that the entire nation was with them, he added.

His visit in Srinagar comes weeks after Pakistani Army beheaded two Indian security personnel in Poonch district which was termed “barbaric” by India.

While Army Chief General Bipin Rawat had hinted at retaliation to avenge the killings, Jaitley had said the sacrifice of the two soldiers will not go in vain and that the armed forces will react “appropriately”.

On Wednesday, in a meeting to review the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir, had asked the Army to remain prepared to give a befitting reply to any misadventure from across the border.

The Kashmir valley has witnessed a spurt in incidents of violence and militant attacks in the last couple of months.

QUESTIONS OBOR

Jaitley questioned China’s real intention behind developing the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), part of its showpiece “One Belt One Road” (OBOR) infrastructure initiative.

India has expressed concerns over “sovereignty issues”, with the CPEC cutting through Gilgit and Baltistan areas of Pakistan-controlled Kashmir. India gave the OBOR conference a miss this week over Beijing’s insensitivity to India’s concerns.

Jailtey pointed out that there have been instances in the past when a strategic presence has been established in the name of connectivity.

“Economic development of the state (Jammu & Kashmir) is our priority,” Jaitley said in a briefing to reporters in Srinagar on the sidelines of the 14th meeting of the goods and services tax (GST) council. “Let nobody be envious of what is happening on the other side of the border,” he added.

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