Indian army dominating LoC, pressure on militants in Kashmir: Arun Jaitley
Defence minister Arun Jaitley dismissed reports of mounting unrest and public anger in Kashmir and said that the situation on the ground was mostly normal.india Updated: Jun 02, 2017 00:14 IST
Indian security forces have built up a lot of pressure on insurgents in the past few weeks in Jammu and Kashmir and the results are visible on a daily basis, Union defence minister Arun Jaitley said on Thursday.
Speaking to reporters in Delhi, the minister dismissed reports of mounting unrest and public anger in the Valley and said that the situation on the ground was mostly normal.
“We say this during the GST meeting…the situation is challenging in some pockets of south Kashmir but normal in Srinagar.”
The comments after months of clashes between security forces and the public amid widespread discontent over alleged human rights abuses, such as the tying of a Kashmiri man to an army jeep.
The army has gunned down a number of militants in the past few weeks, including top Hizbul Mujahideen commander Sabzar Bhat last week, but has been unable to tamp down on local anger. Thousands showed up at the funeral of Bhat on Sunday. A series of ceasefire violations has also rocked the Line of Control.
“In the past few weeks, our armed forces that is the Indian army and BSF are dominating the line of control.”
The minister also hit out at Pakistan for scuttling chances of a dialogue. “The government of India has taken significant steps to ease the situations in past…each was responded by say, a Pathankot, Uri or mutilation of soldiers,” he said, referring to attacks on army bases allegedly carried out by militants based in Pakistan.
First Published: Jun 01, 2017 14:01 IST