13 August, 2017
In case of terrorists, the armed forces can engage them in direct combat, but it case of stone-pelters they have to practice considerable restraint. He said, "let us have full faith in our security forces". "Today their numbers have dwindled to 20, 30 or 50".
An army jawan was killed as Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked firing on Indian posts along the Line of Control in Krishna Ghati sector in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir this evening, a defence spokesman said.
Terrorists in the Kashmir Valley are now on the run and they can not continue to terrorise people for decades, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said today, maintaining that the government's priority was to clean up the Kashmir Valley of armed militants.
He added that terrorists are finding it hard to infiltrate into India due to the domination of Indian forces on the Line of Control and the worldwide border.
To a query on the use of ISIS flags by terrorists in the Valley, Jaitley termed them "isolated incidents" and said that the country is "free from the menace of ISIS". To questions on India's defence production, Jaitley said his ministry was working out ways to boost domestic production for the defence sector. "We will, of course, also continue to strengthen our ordnance factories and defence PSUs".
Jaitley, who is also the Finance Minister, said that in next year's Budget, his topmost priorities will be - national security and rural India.
The RR is the Indian Army's elite counter-terrorism force that carries out several operations in the state on a daily basis.