New Delhi, Jun 5
Indian Army will continue to respect the ongoing Ramzan ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir, said Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today, asserting that no unprovoked attack from across the border will go unanswered as the forces have been given the right to hit back.
Addressing a press conference in New Delhi about the achievements of her Ministry in the last four years, Sitharaman said, the Army was given the right to adequately respond to any cross-border attacks or unprovoked firing.
She further added that it is the government’s duty to guard the border and India will not stop if it is provoked. The Minister was responding to questions on the firing along the Indo-Pak border despite the two sides agreeing for a truce.
On the possibility of engaging Pakistan in dialogue, Sitharaman reiterated External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s comments that talks and terror cannot go hand-in-hand.
Replying to a question, Sitharaman said, there is no scandal in the Rafale deal and assured the nation that not a single paisa corruption was done. She also said, there is no shortage of Defence ammunition today.
The Minister added that the Armed Forces faced funds shortage under the UPA government. However, she said, there are no shortages now.