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Nirmala Sitharaman on Jammu attack: ‘Pakistan will pay… demography suggests local help to terrorists’

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said “we will be providing evidence to prove that the handlers are back in Pakistan and they are the mastermind, influencing all this”.

Written by Arun Sharma | Jammu | Updated: February 13, 2018 9:38 am
Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said Pakistan will pay for this ‘misadventure’.

Blaming Masood Azhar’s Jaish-e-Mohammad for the attack on the Sunjuwan military station in Jammu and warning Pakistan that it “will pay for this misadventure”, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday said “the demography of the cantonment and adjoining areas indicates the possibility of local support to the terrorists”.

“All evidences which have been collected are now being compiled and, definitely, these will be given, as always, to Pakistan. Yet Pakistan, in spite of being given dossier after dossier, has not taken any action,” Sitharaman told reporters in Jammu. “On the contrary, we find that people who were directly responsible for the Mumbai attack and many others, particularly Mumbai attack, are free, and are happily roaming in Pakistan,” she said. Also Read: Paris terror meet set to turn screws on Pakistan over funding of militants

“The terrorists belonged to the Jaish-e-Mohammad tanzeem, sponsored by Azhar Masood, residing in Pakistan and deriving support from therein. The terrorists had chosen to attack a military station which housed both troops and families of the Indian Army. The cantonment is located on the outskirts of Jammu, approximately 30 km from the International Boundary, in a semi-urbanised environment with densely populated civilian localities, adjacent to the cantonment’s perimeter fence,” she said.

While Sitharaman did not elaborate on “the demography of the cantonment” and “the possibility of local support to the terrorists”, her party MLA and J&K Assembly Speaker Kavinder Gupta, speaking a few hours after the terrorists entered the military station on February 10, had named migrants from two countries, holding them responsible for such attacks — his remarks on the communities and countries were expunged later.

jammu attack, sunjuwan attack, Nirmala Sitharaman, kashmir, pakistan, masood azhar, kashmir news Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman met those injured in the Sunjuwan attack at the Military Hospital in Jammu.

The Defence Minister said “we will be providing evidence to prove that the handlers are back in Pakistan and they are the mastermind, influencing all this”. When a reporter asked her what purpose would a dossier serve given that Pakistan had not acted on previous dossiers, she said: “That does not deny us our right to respond adequately and at a time we think fit. I state that Pakistan will pay for this misadventure.” Also Read: Security in J&K: In review meeting, Rajnath Singh advises caution

Asked whether there was a timeframe, she said: “I wouldn’t certainly state the timeline. But as I already said, Pakistan will pay for this misadventure. I repeat, Pakistan will pay for it.” On the FIR against Major Aditya Kumar in connection with the death of civilians in firing by troops in Shopian, Sitharaman said the Supreme Court had stayed proceedings. And if in the call of duty, if they have performed something, subject to verification, the Ministry of Defence, she said, will also have to respond to the registry of the court.

“Ministry of Defence, me as Raksha Mantri, the Government of India under the leadership of our Prime Minister will stand by the Army. We will not let anybody down,” she said, when she was told that the FIR was registered against the troops only after the Chief Minister had spoken to her. “We are in Jammu and Kashmir, in a situation where there is an elected government led by the Honourable Chief Minister. And we from Delhi, the Government of India, will have to work together to make sure that the Army is taken care of because they are fighting a very, very severe struggle,” she said.

Pakistan, she said, was expanding the arc of terror to areas south of the Pir Panjal ranges and resorting to ceasefire violations to assist infiltration. These were being responded appropriately, she said.

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    Deepak
    Feb 14, 2018 at 6:38 pm
    The Indian woman politician will not be able to punish Pak. Women are not meant for power. Nothing will happen.
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      Naren
      Feb 14, 2018 at 8:01 am
      All porkis politicians are corrupt from 1948 till today , army is totally corrupted from 1971, it has outsourced fighting to young illiterate boys ,who come and die here since 1980 .People should stop paying taxes to this corrupt govt ,army.
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      1. Amjad Miandad
        Feb 13, 2018 at 3:42 pm
        No mam you asked for this cup of tea and you're the one who'll pay :D
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        1. Prasann Singh
          Feb 13, 2018 at 12:29 pm
          I request general bajwa saheb to take over the government as centre of power in Pakistan. To stop this politically motivated ceasefire violation to divert pakistani from development and imbibing hollow nationalism by sending terrorist. Let bajwa become centre of power to decide for dialogue or full fledged war. This stupidity of sending terrorist has no value in this information age. Pakistan shouldn't behave like betrayed gf in love and playing tantrum for fake respect. Either come for war or peaceful dialogue.
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          1. Prasann Singh
            Feb 13, 2018 at 12:35 pm
            Pakistan is on verge of collapse due to Islamic radicalisation thank to zia ul haq. Pls don't promote it further else Pakistan will become next Taliban and world fraternity has to bound to destroy it, which we never want. Brother will be brother, even he become enemy for his selfish need, no one can deny it.
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          2. Black cobra
            Feb 13, 2018 at 11:47 am
            Best solution to Kashmir problem is Burma Formula. Fear is the key.
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            1. Amjad Miandad
              Feb 13, 2018 at 3:40 pm
              try it
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