Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman today said the Indian army is prepared to deal with any situation while commenting on repeated ceasefire violations by Pakistan, as per ANI. She also maintained that the country is not walking on the path of war and assured the borders of the country were “fully secure.” The defence minister said, “handling border related matters in a comprehensive way ensuring there is no harm to the nation.” Sitharaman added that under NDA government, citizens’security is guaranteed, as per PTI.
Earlier in the day, a Border Security Force (BSF) jawan was killed when Pakistani troops violated ceasefire for the third consecutive day today along the International Border (IB) in Jammu. Constable Bijender Bahadur was on duty at forward point along the fence in Arnia sector along the IB when Pakistani Rangers were shelling mortar and small arms fire at about 00:20 hours today, as per PTI
A bullet hit the jawan on the left side of his abdomen and he succumbed to injuries on the way to hospital, a BSF officer said. “BSF troops retaliated strongly and gave befitting reply,” he said. “Intermittent fire continued from both side from mid night till morning,” the officer said. Bahadur, 32, hailed from Vidya Bhawan Naraypur village in Uttar Pradesh’s Balia district. He is survived by his wife Sushmita Singh. There have been continuous ceasefire violations by the Pakistani troops for the past three days, the report said.
Two Pakistani soldiers were killed in retaliatory action by the BSF yesterday while three Indian jawans were injured in unprovoked firing and shelling by Pakistani troops along the IB and the LoC in Jammu and Poonch districts on Wednesday, as per PTI
Earlier, Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had flagged off the all-women team of the ‘Navika Sagar Parikrama’ in Panaji, Goa, just a week after she stepped into her new role. At the ceremony, she said, “Great honour to flag off an all women Sagar Parikrama crew just 8 days after swearing in,” as per IE.