Army will give adequate response to border violations: Arun Jaitley

Arun Jaitley

Talking to journalists at the end of two-day Good and Services Tax (GST) 14th Council meeting here this afternoon Jaitley said the current situation in the Kashmir valley was as a result when you took to arms and violence to kill people, security forces and damage property.

He also directed the commanders to maintain strict vigil along the Line of Control and remain prepared to give a befitting reply to any misadventure from across the border.

"The army is fully confident not to allow any form of infiltration to take place. And if there is any effort or any ceasefire violation, our soldiers will give adequate response".

"With an average citizen, irrespective of their political views, we'd like them to be on the Indian side in this debate". The effect of their actions is that besides security personnel, local citizens are also losing their lives.

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

"I did visit the LoC". But as far as those who are killing people - we can't extend the same facility to them.

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"Except for some areas in south Kashmir, one finds that Srinagar and the rest of the Valley is very hospitable as usual", he said. "They will have to be treated as serious insurgency problem and dealt with accordingly", he said.

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. "This report has brought out a confessional statement of the concerned players accepting it".

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.

About the alleged admission by some separatist leaders during a sting operation by a television channel recently that they are receiving money from across the border to instigate people for violence, the Defence Minsiter said "I am sure the concern agency will take whatever action has to be taken in this matter".

"The aspirations will have to be addressed".

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. "The resources, which are meant for the economic development of the people, are today being used essentially for security and who is to be blamed for that era of violence", he said.

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