Terrorists now on the run as security forces dominating in Kashmir, says Arun Jaitley

The Union Minister also pointed out demonetisation has impacted terror funding significantly and that the action taken by the National Investigation Agency on illegal foreign fundings has checked subversive activities in militancy-hit state in large state.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: August 13, 2017 4:01 pm
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Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday maintained that his government’s priority was to clean up the Kashmir Valley of armed militants, insisting that they are under tremendous pressure and that they cannot continue to terrorise the people for decades. “They are on the run. Their number is also declining. Security forces are dominating them,” Jaitley said during a television programme.

The minister also mentioned that demonetisation has impacted terror funding significantly and that the action taken by the National Investigation Agency on illegal foreign fundings has checked subversive activities in militancy-hit state.

“Today no big militant can dream of committing terror acts and continue to terrorise the Valley for decades, but today their life shelf has dwindled to a few months. I will specifically praise the Jammu & Kashmir police for working hard (towards eliminating terrorists),” Jaitley stated.

However, he refrained from making any comment on the ongoing standoff between Indian and Chinese armies in the Sikkim sector near the Bhutan trijunction. He said, “let us have full faith in our security forces”.

Jaitley asserted that Kashmir is an integral part of India, and said India has proved time and again of her military prowess in 1965, 1971 and Kargil war. “Since independence, Pakistan has never agreed that Kashmir is an integral part of India. That has been their unfinished agenda. They tried conventional war. But India’s capability was way ahead in the conventional war. The wars of 1965, 1971 and Kargil clearly proved this,” he said.

He added that terrorists are finding it difficult to infiltrate into India due to the domination of Indian forces on the Line of Control and the international border.

Commenting on India’s defence production, Jaitley said his government was committed to bolstering domestic production for the defense sector. “We want India to become a global power in defence manufacturing sector, and towards that end, we are encouraging private players to come forward. We will, of course, also continue to strengthen our ordnance factories and defence PSUs,” the minister said.

With PTI inputs

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  1. M
    Aug 14, 2017 at 1:58 am
    They are enjoying time with the ies. They should be grateful for getting the help to jump the que!
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      Mehemud Alam
      Aug 14, 2017 at 1:02 am
      Mr Jetly's statement shows what they want to achieve. There are may be 80 or 90 boys who took guns in their hand to fight against few lakhs of Indian solders and they are being b ed as terrorist. You think killing them will be job done by you and you expect to win war against China.. Your action shows that you do not have guts to fight a simple violent protest of those young Kashmiri people .. You have demoralised Indian solders . shame on you. Your are going to loose J K very soon.
      1. A
        Aug 15, 2017 at 6:59 am
        Guys like you should then go and counsle those misguided radicalised youth with guns in kashmir valley as you are so much professional in it , simply taking stand one side is easy those civilians are too armed and humanity is also applicable for soldiers they are not there without a reason remember ,they have family too they are not machines to take bullets in body and be calm with it,accept the fact kashmir is rolling with wahabi ideology in kashmiri minds thats saudis way,but sadly india is secular not only one religion nor only the upper sect muslims alone live here.
      2. A
        Aug 13, 2017 at 11:43 pm
        Unless article 370 is abrogated and rest of indians are allowed to settle in jammu and kashmir the militancy will never end in kashmir ! china did the same thing to finish the militancy in xinjiang province by allowing Han chinese to settle in xinjiang. strict control must be placed on all mosques which spit anti india venom during friday prayers! mullahs who ask people to throw stones at security forces must be put behind the bars! separatists who are supporting the militancy must be eliminated ! Border must be sealed completely using israeli border management technology.finally massive recruitment of kashmiri youth must be conducted for paramilitary forces and send them to far away locations like north east or andamans or send them to UN peace keeping missions in Africa. That will end militancy forever !
        1. I
          Aug 13, 2017 at 11:10 pm
          Sometimes, I wonder if the Kashmiri Muslims were instead living in the states far away from the border with Pakistan or there were Hindu majority in the J K, could there be a situation like what we have today?
          1. L
            Aug 13, 2017 at 10:47 pm
            Difficult to believe these people because of the fake hews they have been feeding the Indian Public ever since last elections
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