Jaitley in Kashmir, reviews situation

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"It is very clear that terrorism and militancy are aimed against the Indian state, its sovereignty and the people of Jammu and Kashmir".

He said an average citizen, irrespective of his political views, will be likely to be on the Indian side in this debate.

He said the present situation of burning schools, kill people and destroy property was being funded by across the border. "As for those who are killing people, they have to be dealt with as a serious problem and will be dealt with accordingly", he said. "There is a section that will have to be dealt with security measures and there is a section that will have to dealt by citizen-friendly measures and that is what we are trying to do", he said.

India's Defence Minister Arun Jaitley met senior commanders and troops at a forward post along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir and reviewed the security situation.

On aspirations and sentiments of people of Kashmir, Jaitley said, "There are sentiments of people in every state in the country and the sentiment will have to be addressed". Our soldiers are fully confident they will not allow any infiltration in those areas. "Sentiments have to be addressed once situation is normal here". "Their actions are a conspiracy not only against the Indian state but also against the average resident of Kashmir Valley. Concerned agencies will take whatever action is needed". I would complement the Army for the level of their preparedness and enthusiasm.

When asked whether the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would bring more development in the neighbouring countries of India including in the other side of Kashmir, he said the economic development was government's priority.

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Jailtey pointed out that there have been instances in the past when a strategic presence has been established in the name of connectivity.

"Let no body be envious of what happens across the border". You can't have the energy of the state involved in just combating violence at various places. The government has already given the Army and the Border Security Force (BSF) a free hand to respond to any "misadventure" from across the borders, the sources here said.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley during his Jammu and Kashmir trip.

He also said that investigation is on into the incident of the army allegedly tying a man to the front of a jeep as a human shield, but went on to add that the Army was interested in saving the lives of both the people who had come to vote and a large crowd of protesters.

On the demand of return of power projects to the state, he said the state government and the Union Power ministry were discussing it. "And if there is any effort or any ceasefire violation, our soldiers will give adequate response".

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