Pakistan will pay for this misadventure, says defence minister — Sunjuwan attack

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said'Activities of terrorists in the hinterlands are severely curtailed due to relentless efforts of security forces

The Minister also said that Pakistan will have to pay for this misadventure.

Reacting to the recent attack in an Army camp in Jammu and Kashmir, the Chief Minister said "dialogue" with Pakistan is necessary to end bloodshed. Rawat also briefed the Defence Minister on the status of projects being undertaken to upgrade the security of the military bases.

Giving details of the military operation after the attack on Sunjuwal camp, Sitharaman said that there were intelligence inputs of a possibility of such an attack in the region, because of which Quick Response Teams (QRT) were positioned in the area, including the family quarters in the cantonment. Definitely, they will be given to Pakistan.

The operation was called off on Monday morning after the three attackers were killed.

"Four dead bodies of terrorists wearing army combat dress and was heavily armed". It will have to be proved over and over again that they are responsible. "I repeat, Pakistan will pay for it", Sitharaman said.

In the counter operation launched, the army gunned down all terrorists. "Even after giving dossiers after dossiers Pakistan has not taken any action", the minister said. "There is possibilty that they enjoyed local support, though they were controlled by their handlers from across the border", Sitharaman said.

Earlier on Saturday, militants barged into the Sunjwan army camp in Jammu, killing five security personnel and one civilian. "Pakistan [is] expanding the arch of terror to areas south of Pir Panjal and [is] resorting to ceasefire violations to assist infiltration". When asked about the filing of an FIR against an Army officer involved in the Shopian firing, Sitharaman said the government must stand by the Army.

"Six fatal casualties, including a civilian, were cost by the terrorists". There were reports of 4 terrorists.

Several blasts were heard inside the camp late last evening, breaking a lull after the initial exchange of fire, but the Army said the blasts were the result of sanitisation operation and there was no fresh contact with terrorists. "Activities of terrorists in the hinterlands are severely curtailed due to relentless efforts of security forces", the Defence Minister added.

Addressing a press briefing in Jammu, the Defence Minister warned Pakistan for continuously backing terror groups to carry out strikes on the Indian soil.



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