India has once again made it clear that the pause in operations in Jammu and Kashmir does not bind the security forces to retaliate if challenged.
Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman has also reiterated that any misadventure from across the border will not go unanswered and forces have been given room to hit back if Pakistan fired across the LOC. She was answering questions from the media on completion of 4 years of the Modi Government.
The Defence Minister made it clear that the Army was consulted before the Home Ministry announced the pause in active operations in the Kashmir Valley during Ramzaan.
She made it clear that security of the border will not be compromised under any circumstances and that the Army is allowed to respond in the event of an unprovoked attack. Sitharaman also assured that there was no scam in the Rafale deal. Sitharaman also assured that there was no shortage of defence ammunition today.
She said that there was a shortage when the NDA government came to power in 2014 but Situation has undergone a change since.
In response to a question on the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) sanctions impacting Indo-Russian defence ties, the minister said it has been conveyed to the US that New Delhi procures its defence equipment and spare parts from Moscow.
Centre has made it clear that the ties with two countries are hyphenated and are not directly or conversely related.