Centre wants peaceful life in Kashmir: Jaitley


"And if there is any effort or any form of ceasefire violation, our soldiers will give an adequate response", Jaitley told reporters here. after interacting with the troops in Rampur sector.

He said an average citizen, irrespective of his political views, will be likely to be on the Indian side in this debate. Mentioning that separatists are being funded from across the border, he had said, "It was known they (separatists) were being funded from across the border". But as far as those who are killing people we can not extend the same facility to them. While a section would comprise security measures, another would entail citizen-friendly measures, 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.

"There are public sentiments in every Indian state and these sentiment will have to be addressed; but at the and of the day. when you take to violence and start killing security forces and your own people, you unleash a cycle that does not stop", the Defence Minister said.

"The army is fully confident not to allow any form of infiltration to take place. Sentiments have to be addressed once the situation is normal here", he said. Their actions were conspiracy not only against the Indian state but also the average resident of valley.

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"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. I would complement the Army for the level of their preparedness and enthusiasm. "The concerned agencies will take action whatever is required".

When asked whether the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would bring more development in the neighbouring countries of India, including on the other side of Kashmir, Jaitley said that economic development was the Indian government's priority. "But there are examples in history where people have entered (another country) in the name of connectivity and then they have established a strategic presence there", he warned.

Without outrightly rejecting the possibility of holding talks with separatists, including Hurriyat Conference (HC), Defence Minister Arun Jaitley today said first priority at the moment was to restore normalcy in the Kashmir valley.

On the demand of return of power projects to the state, he said the state government and the Union Power ministry were discussing it.

To a question on a civilian being used as a human shield in Budgam, the minister said that investigations in the case were on.