As ceasefire violations are continued by Pakistan Rangers along the International Border of Jammu and Kashmir, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said that Pakistan must stop unprovoked firing and shelling on the border and warned, "If Pakistan persists with this adventurism, our forces will make the cost of this adventurism unaffordable."
Jaitley, who has been discharged from hospital on Thursday, warned Pakistan to stop unprovoked firing and said that there is a direct connection between firing at the border and infiltration. Jaitley said that Pakistan is the aggressor and it must realize that our deterrence will be credible. He mentioned India as a responsible nation that doesn’t believe in attacking neighbours.
According to reports, firing from Pakistan continued on Thursday for the fourth straight day in all seven sectors along the International Border. Since October 6, seven civilians have been killed in the targeted Pakistani firing in civilian areas close to the border.
When asked about any immediate talks with Pakistan, he said, "How can you have talks when there is firing going on at the border?" At the same time, he expressed his satisfaction for the armed forces, saying "Our forces have been doing a commendable job in the light of unprovoked firing by Pak."
However, on Thursday morning, Indian Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said that “the Prime Minister is closely monitoring the situation along the border” and assured that “we will not let the nation down.”
While responding to the government’s stand to the ceasefire violations by Pakistan troops, the minister said that the government is satisfied with the BSF’s befitting reply to the Pakistani rangers. "The PM doesn’t need to say anything because our BSF jawans are giving a befitting reply. He is constantly aware about what is happening and has an eye on it," mentioned Singh.
When asked about the Border Security Force to return Pakistan’s firing with full force, Singh has reportedly said that PM Modi has given the Army and Border Security Force a free hand to tackle ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops.
More than 80 villages and 60 BSF outposts were targeted by Pakistan Rangers in the firing and heavy mortar shelling in Jammu, Kathua and Samba districts along the International border. Many civilians have been reportedly injured and have been shifted to government medical college (GMC) hospital in Jammu city. While the firing still continues, over 20,000 people have fled from their homes to safer places.