He said the Kashmir issue had become complicated because of cross-border support to terrorists and also because local groups.
"The Kashmir issue had become complicated because of cross-border support (to terrorism) and (also) our own groups supporting the armed militants.
"Mass civil protests were seen in the form of stone- pelting and sometimes this was used to help terrorists escape," he said.
Mr Jaitley was speaking at a function organised by Mumbai BJP president Ashish Shelar. He spoke on the topic 'New India Pledge'. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis was also present on the occasion.
The defence minister slammed the erstwhile Congress- led UPA government, saying it had no firm policy to solve the decades-old Kashmir issue.
However, the Narendra Modi government was firm in its conviction that armed militancy in the state bordering Pakistan must end, Mr Jaitley said.
"Today, a time has come where all forces--local police, central forces and the Army--are dominating terrorists. There is a clarity in our decision and stand that the armed military has to be ended," he said.
"We must understand that we have a prime minister who faces challenges which no other PM had faced in the past," Mr Jaitley said.