Responding to multiple bids of infiltration in Jammu and Kashmir in the last couple of days, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley while speaking at an event in Karnataka’s Chitradurga on Sunday said India is geographically located in a troubled region and has been facing a security threat from its neighbour for last 7 decades. “India is a country which is geographically located in a region which isn’t free from trouble. We have a neighbour who, for almost 7 decades, has perpetuated a security threat as far as India is concerned,” he said.
These remarks came after the Army killed another intruder along the Line of Control or LoC in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district. Yesterday, the Army had gunned down Hizbul Mujahideen commander Sabzar Bhat who was the successor of Burhan Wani in the group, taking the tally of killings to 10. This led to massive backlash and protests in the valley after which internet services were blocked.
“In the last 24 hours, 10 heavily armed intruders and terrorists have been successfully eliminated. In an ongoing counter-infiltration operation on the Line of Control in the Rampur sector, a group of 6 armed intruders have been intercepted and eliminated. In another counter-terrorist operation based on specific intelligence generated from local sources in Tral, South Kashmir has so far resulted in killing 2 terrorists,” said a release by the Northern Command.
Responding to these clashes former CM Farooq Abdullah demanded Governor’s rule in the state. “We have never been promoters of Governor’s rule; we have always opposed it. But there is no other way,” Abdullah, the newly elected MP from Srinagar, told PTI. “I can’t tell you what I discussed with the Prime Minister. All I can say is that he is concerned about the situation in the state and wants an end to it. A peaceful end to it,” he said about his recent meeting with PM Modi in Delhi.