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Pakistan will pay for its misadventure: Nirmala Sitharaman after Jammu terror attack

Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman revealed that intelligence inputs showed that terrorists were controlled by their handlers from across the border.

india Updated: Feb 12, 2018 21:51 IST
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Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman holds talks with Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, at Raj Bhawan in Jammu on Monday. (PTI)

Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Monday that Pakistan will pay for the terror attack by Jaish-e-Mohammed on the Sunjuwan military station in Jammu that left five soldiers and a civilian dead over the weekend.

The counter-terror operation in Sunjuwan was called off Monday at 10.30 am. However, the sanitisation operation was on, she told the media.

Pakistan has already warned India against conducting cross-border strikes as happened in September 2016, after 18 soldiers were killed in a terror attack at an army base in Uri. An army team had crossed the Line of Control and carried out a raid on terror launch pads barely a week after the attack.

Sitharaman said all the evidences including dossier (of attackers) will be shared with Pakistan despite Islamabad not acting on such dossiers in the past.

“Well, all the evidences will be given and it has to be a continuous process and has to be proven over and over again for everybody to see.

While she conceded that Pakistan never acted on dossiers of past terror attacks including 26/11, she said India reserves the right to respond appropriately and at a time of its choosing.

“Those responsible for Mumbai terror attack are freely roaming in Pakistan. Yes, Pakistan has not acted on dossiers in the past but it doesn’t deny us the right to share evidences to prove that handlers were based in Pakistan. And, giving evidences doesn’t deny our right to respond adequately and at a time which we think fit. Pakistan will pay for this misadventure,” she asserted.

She revealed that intelligence inputs showed that terrorists were controlled by their handlers from across the border.

“Evidences are being scrutinised by the NIA,” she said and divulged that Pakistan has expanded the arch of terror to areas south of the Pir Panjal and was violating the ceasefire to assist infiltration.

Asked about the Kashmir situation in the backdrop of rising terror attacks she said, “I won’t say whether it has improved or not but at the same time we are working with the state government in this direction.”

On Major Aditya Kumar against whom FIR has been registered in the wake of recent Shopian killings, she said Supreme Court on Monday has granted an interim 15-day stay on criminal proceedings against the officer.

She said the army and the ministry of defence will also possibly respond to the FIR registered against Major Kumar.

”We stand by the army and won’t let anyone down,” she said but added that in the state “we have an elected government and we have to work together”.

Asked whether amnesty to stone pelters was demoralizing security forces, she said that it was given to first time offenders.

Earlier in the day, Sitharaman met those injured in the Sunjuwan army camp attack at the military hospital in Jammu.

She also met the chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, who, she said was deeply anguished over the attack.

“We also discussed a few things,” she said.

First Published: Feb 12, 2018 20:33 IST