Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Says, Deterrent Action Will Continue At Pakistan Border

| September 29 , 2018 , 18:44 IST

The Indian government marked the 2nd anniversary of the surgical strikes across the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday revealed that deterrent action against Pakistan "will continue at the border".

Even, the Home Minister Rajnath Singh has claimed that BSF had taken strong action against Pakistani forces at the border, "two-three days ago" to avenge the killing of a BSF jawan.

Speaking to media, the Defence Minister said, "There are intrusions on the border and we are also eliminating a lot of them at the border itself, not allowing them to come in. I believe an action of this kind will deter Pakistan from training and sending in terrorists."

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"Our action will continue at the border irrespective of whether they have learnt a lesson or not," she added.

According to media reports, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, in Muzaffarnagar (UP), said that "something big" had happened at the border recently to avenge the death of the Border Security Force (BSF) Head Constable Narender Singh who was killed by the Pakistani forces on September 18 in Ramgarh sector along the International Border.

"Something has happened and will also happen in future. I had told my BSF jawans that Pakistan is a neighbour and so you shall not fire the first bullet. But if a bullet comes from their side, then you shall not count how many bullets you fire," Rajnath Singh said.

BSF Director General K.K. Sharma, also spoke on this topic and said that the force took action at the Line of Control (LoC) to avenge the killing.

"If something happens on the IB (International Border), it is not necessary that we immediately take action at the IB itself. We have taken action on the LoC side to avenge the death of our brave soldier".

India is observing the second anniversary of the cross-LoC military strikes, commonly called the "surgical strikes", as ‘Parakram Parv', or the celebration of valour.