Army will give adequate response to ceasefire breach on border: Jaitley

Centre rules out dialogue with separatists dismisses reports of replacing Mehbooba Mufti as J&K CM

Centre rules out dialogue with separatists dismisses reports of replacing Mehbooba Mufti as J&K CM

He claimed that separatists' actions were not only against Indian state but also against Kashmiris. "If there is any effort of ceasefire violation, our soldiers will give adequate response to this". For those perpetuating violence from within, he said such people will be dealt with. "They have to be dealt with as a serious surgical problem and have to be dealt with accordingly".

The defence minister said the Indian government wants people of J&K to have a peaceful life, but the security forces will act very tough against terrorists.

Union finance minister Arun Jaitley said that the Jammu and Kashmir state has complete right to implement Goods and Services Tax (GST) in the state. The effect of their actions is that besides security personnel, local citizens are also losing their lives.

"Except for some areas in south Kashmir, one finds that Srinagar and the rest of the Valley is very hospitable as usual", he said.

"The report has nearly brought out a confessional statement of the concerned players accepting it and I am sure that the concerned agencies of the government will take whatever action is needed in this matter", he said. "Therefore, those who are indulging in violence of this magnitude are certainly to be held accountable for their actions", he said.

Jaitley, who visited the line of control (LoC) earlier in the day to take stock of the security situation, also made a distinction between protesters on the streets and the militants involved in operations against security forces.

He said taking to violence only unleashed a "cycle of violence" and that the aspirations of the people can be addressed only when there is peace.

Jaitley lauded the valour, sacrifice and patriotic fervour of every soldier who was serving in these challenging situations for national integrity, which the entire country is proud of.

When asked whether the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would bring more development in the neighbouring countries of India including in the other side of Kashmir, he said the economic development was government's priority.

"You can't have the energy of the state involved in combating violence in various places".

On the recent incident of army using a man as human shield during protests, the minister said an investigation is being carried out into the matter. The government has already given the Army and the Border Security Force (BSF) a free hand to respond to any "misadventure" from across the borders, the sources here said.

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

"Let no body be envious of what happens across the border".

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