In the wake of attack on army camp in Sunjwan, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman left for Jammu this afternoon to meet the injured soldiers and civilians and assess the security situation.
The anti-terror operation inside the Sunjwan army camp has been called off, the Defence Minister said today while addressing a press conference later in the evening, however, she said sanitisation operation is still going on.
Three terrorists were killed by the army during the operation that has now been on for over 50 hours. Five soldiers and a civilian were killed by terrorists, who entered the army camp around 4.45 a.m. on Saturday, according to news agency IANS.
Here are the latest updates on Nirmala Sitharaman's Jammu visit:
Talking about the police complaint on Major Aditya Kumar, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, during the press conference, said the matter was under consideration in the top court. "Supreme Court has given a 15-day stay on the FIR itself. We'll have to see how it goes. We have to stand by our proud soldiers and Army and in the call of duty if they have performed something it has to be contextualized," she was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
Nirmala Sitharaman said she met the soldiers and civilians injured during the Sunjwan attack as she visited Jammu today.
"Terrorists belonged to Jaish-e-Mohammed, sponsored by Azhar Masood residing in Pakistan and deriving support from there in," Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said in Jammu, news agency ANI quoted her as saying.
Evidences Will Be Given To Pakistan: Nirmala Sitharaman
"Giving the evidences to Pakistan will be a continuous process. It will have to be proved over and over again that they are responsible. Pakistan will have to pay for this misadventure," Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
"All the evidences collected have been compiled. Definitely they will be given to Pakistan. Even after giving dossiers after dossiers Pakistan has not taken any action," she said.
"Intelligence inputs show that terrorists were controlled by their handlers from across border.Evidence being scrutinised by NIA. Pakistan expanding the arc of terror to areas south of Pir Panjal & resorting to ceasefire violations to assist infiltration," Defence Minister was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
Referring to the stone pelters, Nirmala Sitharaman said, "First time offenders were given amnesty. I can assure that people of Jammu and Kashmir that government is looking at it with all seriousness."
Ministry of Defence will stand by the army. We will not let them down. We are in a situation where there is an elected government in Jammu and Kashmir. We must work together: Nirmala Sitharaman
"Six fatal casualties, including a civilian were caused by the terrorists. Three terrorists have been eliminated. There were reports of four terrorists. The fourth terrorist must have been a guide and may not have entered the camp area," Defence Minister was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
"Pakistan has been violating ceasefire to help infiltrators. Activities of terrorists in the hinterlands are severely curtailed due to relentless efforts of security forces," Ms Sitharaman said during press conference.
I wish to express my deepest condolences on loss of lives of our soldiers. I compliment the valour of our brave soldiers: Nirmala Sitharaman
The demography of the area indicates local support to the terrorists: Nirmala Sitharaman while addressing a press conference in Jammu.
"The counter terrorist operation in Sunjuwan were called off today at 10.30 am, however the sanitisation operation is on," Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.