New Delhi, Oct 9: Putting forth a firm stance, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley in a strong warning said that if Pakistan does not stop the unprovoked firing, it will have to pay a heavy price. "If Pakistan persists with adventurism, Indian forces will make the cost of this adventurism unaffordable for them," Jaitley said.
He also blamed Pakistan for being an aggressor in carrying out repeated ceasefire violations. "India is a responsible state. It is never an aggressor. Pakistan has been an aggressor. India's paramount duty is to defend its people and its territory," Jaitley said.
Lauding the defence forces for doing a commendable job in defending the unprovoked acts of aggression by Pakistan, the Defence Minister in strong words said that, "Pakistan must realise that our deterrence will be credible."
Earlier, Home Minister Rajnath Singh too, commended the Indian Army and said that the Border Security Forces are giving a befitting reply to the neighbours for violating the ceasefire.
Singh maintained that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is keeping a close eye on the situation on the border. "The PM doesn't need to say anything because our BSF jawans are giving a befitting reply. He is constantly aware about what is happening and has an eye on it," Singh said adding that the government is satisfied with the response by BSF to ceasefire violation by Pakistan.
Firing from Pakistan continued on Thursday for the fourth straight day in all seven sectors along the International Border. Two Indian women have been killed in overnight shelling that took place on Thursday by Pakistani forces along the International Border in Jammu and Kashmir.
Pakistan rangers targetted 60 BSF outposts and over 80 villages in fresh mortar shelling and firing in Jammu, Samba and Kathua districts along the International Border.
According to sources, the PM has given the Army and Border Security Force a free hand to tackle ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops. A team under National Security Advidor (NSA) Ajit Doval is currently monitoring the situation.