Jaitley backs Army officer who used a man as shield in Kashmir

Pauline Gross
May 20, 2017

Union Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley, on Friday said the government was adopting a "two way strategies" to bring peace in the state.

Jaitley had first articulated India's position at a round table discussion on Asia's economic outlook organized by the Asian Development Bank earlier this month at Yokohama, Japan.

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.

He said the government's priority was to "restore normalcy" and law and order in the Kashmir Valley.

Jaitley, who was here to chair two-day GST council meeting, said it is clear that terrorism and militancy are both aimed against the Indian state and its sovereignty and also against people of J&K.

You can not address the aspiration when there is a war against the country, state and local people who are losing their lives, Mr Jaitley said and warned that those taking to violence will be certainly made accountable for this. However, as far as those who are killing people, we can't extend the same facilities to them. I would complement the Army for the level of their preparedness and enthusiasm. Our soldiers are fully confident they will not allow any infiltration in those areas. "There is a section which will have to be dealt with security measures and there is section which will have to be dealt with citizen-friendly measures".

"Such Sentiments are in every state of the country and they have to be addressed".

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"I visited the LoC, interacted with officials and jawans there".

India had said that it would appropriately respond to the beheading of its soldiers.

The Defence Minister, who was accompanied by General Officer Commanding of 15-Corps, assured the troops that the entire nation was with them, they said.

He also said that investigation is on into the incident of the army allegedly tying a man to the front of a jeep as a human shield, but went on to add that the Army was interested in saving the lives of both the people who had come to vote and a large crowd of protesters.

Defence minister Arun Jaitley today pledged an iron-fist policy on both foreign and local militants, effectively rejecting calls for a distinction between the two categories that grew after Hizbul commander Burhan Wani's killing previous year.

"So their actions were the conspiracy against not only against the Indian state but also the average resident of Kashmir valley".

The NIA said on Friday that a team of the counter-terror probe agency has landed in Srinagar and would question Geelani, Hurriyat provincial president Naeem Khan, JKLF leader Farooq Ahmed Dar also known as Bitta Karate, and Tehreek-e-Hurriyat leader Gazi Javed Baba.

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