Centre wants peaceful life in Kashmir: Jaitley

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Jaitley held a meeting with senior army commanders at a forward post along the LoC in north Kashmir

Following the repeated ceasefire violations by Pakistan recently, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday sent out a stern message by saying that Indian forces will give "adequate response" to any form of ceasefire violation on the border.

Jaitley asserted that if there is any effort at any form of ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops, army will give an adequate response. "Had a meeting with senior commanders & troops at a forward post along the LoC, and reviewed security situation".

Jaitley said its implication in Jammu and Kashmir would save its people, especially the ones dependent on tourism, from paying the double tax as the products and services will get the input credit.

On the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, Jaitley said while economic development of Jammu and Kashmir is certainly a priority of the government, there should be no envy felt on what is happening on other side of the border. While a section would comprise security measures, another would entail citizen-friendly measures, he said. "Terrorism and militancy are aimed against the Indian state and its sovereignty and also against the people of Jammu and Kashmir".

"The effect of their actions is that besides the security personnel, it is the local citizens who are losing their lives".

But as far as those who are killing people we can not extend the same facility to them. "They have to be treated as a serious insurgency problem and have to be dealt accordingly".

While speaking about violence, Jaitley said that those people who resort to violence will be taken into account for their activities.

"It is a great opportunity for us to communicate to the people here that India as a country will show full concern and compassion as far as the average peace-loving citizen is concerned". On talks with separatists, he said, "Let the situation in the state become normal, the central government will make an announcement". The resources which are meant for the economic development of people are today being used essentially for security.

About his visit to the Line of Control in north Kashmir's Baramulla district, he said: "I compliment the Army for its preparedness and enthusiasm". "The Army's principle job is to look after the Line of Control and they are confident of dealing with the situation and we must have good faith in them", he told reporters after the meeting.

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