March 20, 2018

Centre favours peace in J&K, toughness with militants: Jaitley

19 May 2017, 10:57 | Taylor George

Centre favours peace in J&K, toughness with militants: Jaitley

Centre rules out dialogue with separatists dismisses reports of replacing Mehbooba Mufti as J&K CM

When he was reminded that during the NDA government headed by Atal Behari Vajpayee Government of India (GoI) hold talks with the separatists, Mr Jaitley, who was also a cabinet minister then, said let the situation become normal that is the top priority at the moment adding any decision on this will be announced by the central government.

Earlier in the day, Jaitley had a meeting with senior commanders and troops at a forward post along the Line of Control (LoC) and reviewed security situation.

Jaitley who is now also holding the office of Finance Ministry, earlier in the day had said that terrorism is aimed against India and its sovereignty. Jaitley said it is clear that terrorism and militancy is aimed against the Indian state, its sovereignty and the people of Jammu and Kashmir. The security forces and the locals are affected by their actions. "Therefore, those who are indulging in violence of this magnitude are certainly to be held accountable for their actions", he said.

"There are public sentiments in every Indian state and these sentiment will have to be addressed; but at the and of the day... when you take to violence and start killing security forces and your own people, you unleash a cycle that does not stop", the Defence Minister said. For those perpetuating violence from within, he said such people will be dealt with.

"It is a great opportunity for us to communicate to the people here that India as a country will show full concern and compassion as far as the average peace-loving citizen is concerned. They have to be treated as a serious insurgency problem and have to be dealt accordingly". Mentioning that separatists are being funded from across the border, he had said, "It was known they (separatists) were being funded from across the border".

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"So their actions were the conspiracy against not only against the Indian state but also the average resident of Kashmir valley. First, they have to give tax on inputs and then on final products because if GST is not implemented here, then they won't get the input credit", he said. "This report has brought out a confessional statement of the concerned players accepting it".

Finance and defence minister Arun Jaitley on Friday questioned China's real intention behind developing the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), part of its showpiece "One Belt One Road" (OBOR) infrastructure initiative.

Jailtey pointed out that there have been instances in the past when a strategic presence has been established in the name of connectivity. "The resources meant for the economic development of the people are today being used essentially for security", Jaitley said. "Who is to be blamed for unleasing this era of violence?"

On the demand of return of power projects to the state, he said the state government and the Union Power ministry were discussing it.

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