Arun Jaitley warns Pakistan, Narendra Modi praises troops as ceasefire violations continue

Written by Atikh Rashid | Pranav Kulkarni | Shubhangi Khapre | Baramati/New Delhi | Updated: Oct 10 2014, 14:22pm hrs
Arun JaitleyUnion Minister for Defence, Arun Jaitley delivering a statement before the media on the border situation of Jammu & Kashmir, in New Delhi on Thursday. (PTI)
Taking a tough line over ceasefire violations in Jammu and Kashmir, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday warned Pakistan that it would have to bear an unaffordable cost if it continued with its adventurism. He ruled out talks with Pakistan and praised Indian forces for a commendable job in the face of these unprovoked acts of aggression.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who had said a day earlier that everything will be fine soon on the border, joined Jaitley in congratulating Indian forces for responding to aggression with courage.

Our jawans have given a fitting response to the aggression. I dont need to talk, people know my intentions. My jawans are doing all the talking with their fingers always on the trigger. The enemy has got to know that things have changed now, that their old habits cant continue, he said.

A Reuters report from Islamabad quoted the Pakistan government as saying it was capable of responding befittingly to Indian actions. We do not want the situation on the borders of two nuclear neighbours to escalate into confrontation, the Pakistan Defence Ministry said in a statement. India must demonstrate caution and behave with responsibility. Speaking at an election rally in Baramati, the home turf of NCP leader Sharad Pawar in Maharashtra, Modi criticised those targeting the government on the border issue, saying this would demoralise those fighting on the border.

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