Sending a stern message to Pakistan, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said that Indian forces won’t count bullets if Pakistan initiates firing. “Pakistan is trying to disturb peace and tranquillity in Jammu and Kashmir time and again, but this practice will not continue for long,” Singh said a during a public meeting in Himachal Pradesh’s Hamirpur.
Speaking in a tough tone, Rajnath said that Indian Army has been given permission not to keep an account of bullets “if Pakistan fires one bullet.” Minister’s statement comes a day after two Indian Army soldiers were killed in a militant ambush on an Army convoy on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway.
Addressing a gathering, Home Minister said that nation will never forget the supreme sacrifice made by its securitymen. Rajnath Singh was on a day-long visit here to attend Bharatiya Janata Party’s Tridev Sammelan aimed at strengthening and mobilising party cadres. Earlier on Saturday, Rajnath spoke to media and said that despite large Muslim population, Islamic State has failed to establish a hold in India.
“I assure that we will bring an end to Pakistan-sponsored terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir and establish peace and tranquillity in the state. The situation in Kashmir has seen a lot of improvement and we can assure that the government will get the situation under control. Despite having a large Muslim population, ISIS has been unable to establish a hold in India,” Singh said when addressing the media in New Delhi.
The minister further said that infiltration bids have seen a sharp decline and a number of terrorists have been eliminated between 2014-2017. “The security situation in Jammu and Kashmir has improved. 368 militants have been killed between 2014-2017. In the period between 2011-2013, 239 militants had been neutralised and we assure to solve the Kashmir problem by taking the people in confidence,” he said.
The minister further added that under the ‘Udaan scheme’ in Kashmir, 1912 youth had been trained and 1,519 employed from 2011-14. “Our government gave training to 20, 324 youths and employed 13, 117 till date. Also Rs. 2, 000 crore packages was granted by the Central government to refugees from Pakistan occupied Kashmir,” Singh said.