Jammu, Holding the neighbouring country squarely responsible for the Sunjuwan military base terror attack, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today said Pakistan would have to pay for the misadventure. She assured that the sacrifices of the soldiers would not go in vain.
She also said the Central government would stand by the Army and not “let anyone down” while taking a stand on the registration of first information report (FIR) against Major Aditya Kumar in the Shopian firing incident.
“I wouldn’t certainly state a timeline (for action against Pakistan). But will say this, Pakistan will pay for this misadventure. I repeat, Pakistan will pay for it,” Sitharaman said in the backdrop of the Sunjuwan attack that left five unarmed soldiers and a civilian dead.
Sitharaman, who arrived in Jammu on Monday to assess the security situation and meet the injured soldiers and civilians, said, “Our Intelligence inputs show that terrorists were controlled by their handlers from across the border. Evidence is being scrutinised by the National Investigation Agency. Pakistan is expanding the arch of terror to areas south of Pir Panjal and resorting to ceasefire violations to assist infiltration.”
The operation to flush out terrorists from the Sunjuwan base, which started in the wee hours on Saturday, was called off at 10.30 am on Monday after the elimination of three terrorists. She said a fourth one might have acted as a guide and didn’t enter the base.
Launching a scathing attack against Pakistan for providing safe haven to terrorists, Sitharaman said, “it (Pakistan) has not taken action in spite of us giving a dossier of evidence. On the contrary, we find the people who are directly responsible for the Mumbai attack are still free and happily roaming in Pakistan.”
Asked whether giving of dossiers to Pakistan was the only response to the neighbourng country, she said, “The giving of proof will have to be a continuous process because it has to be proven over and over again so that everybody knows Pakistan’s involvement. The evidence will only strengthen that argument. So giving it does not deny us our right to respond adequately and at the time which we think is fit.”
“All evidence is being collected and compiled. Definitely, it will be given to Pakistan. We will be providing evidence to prove that their handlers are back in Pakistan and they are ones who are influencing this,” she added.
She said the terrorists who attacked the military station belonged to the Jaish-e-Mohammed, which is sponsored by Azhar Masood who is residing in Pakistan and deriving support from therein.
Over a volley of queries regarding registration of the FIR against Major Aditya Kumar and stand of her ministry, she said, “We as the Ministry of Defence, me as the Defence Minister and the Centre, under the leadership of the Prime Minister, stand by our Army and we shall not let anybody down.”
Earlier, the Defence Minister undertook an aerial survey of the military base and visited the Army Hospital at Satwari where the injured are being treated. She also called on Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and had an elaborate discussion with her about the terror attacks and security scenario in the state.
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman arrived in Jammu on Monday to assess the security situation and meet the injured soldiers and civilians
She said the Central government would stand by the Army and not “let anyone down” while taking a stand on the registration of an FIR against Major Aditya Kumar in the Shopian firing incident
Launching a scathing attack against Pakistan for providing safe haven to terrorists, Sitharaman said, “it (Pakistan) has not taken action in spite of us giving a dossier of evidence