After two attacks on military installations in the last few days in Jammu and Kashmir, defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman warned that Pakistan will have to pay for this misadventure.
I wouldnt certainly state a timeline (for action against Pakistan). But will say that Pakistan will pay for this misadventure. I repeat, Pakistan will pay for it, the defence minister said in a press conference.
Intelligence inputs show that the terrorists were controlled by their handlers from across border. Evidence are being scrutinised by the NIA (National Investigation Agency). Pakistan is expanding the arch of terror to areas south of Pir Panjal and resorting to ceasefire violations to assist infiltration, the defence minister said. Sitharaman said Pakistan has been violating ceasefire to help infiltrators.
Activities of terrorists in the hinterlands are severely curtailed due to relentless efforts of security forces, she said, adding that the terrorists who attacked the security camp in Sunjuwan enjoyed local support, and had handlers across the border.
On Saturday, one of the deadliest terror attacks took place in Sunjuwan army camp in Jammu and Kashmir, in which five army personnel and a civilian died.
Ten people, including six women and children, were injured. Police said terrorists of the Jaish-e-Mohammad were involved, and they were killed after a 36-hour operation.
Another suicide attack at the Karan Nagar CRPF Camp in Srinagar was repulsed on Monday morning. Soon after arriving in Jammu, defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday met Jammu & Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti.
Replying to questions on complaints registered by police against Army personnel, including a Major-rank officer, the defence minister clearly stated that the Centre is fully in support of the Army. Sitharaman said the acts committed by the jawans while performing their assigned duties in the state should be seen in context of stone-pelting incidents.