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India is proportionately retaliating to Pak. actions: Nirmala Sitharaman

Nirmala Sitharaman.

Nirmala Sitharaman.   | Photo Credit: Shanker Chakravarty

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We are able to check infiltration: Defence Minister

The armed forces are “proportionately” retaliating to Pakistani actions along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, and effectively containing cross border infiltration, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Saturday.

She also said there was “no rethinking as of now” on the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA), which is in force in Jammu and Kashmir and several States in the northeast.

On the situation along the LoC, she said, “We are able to contain infiltration to a large extent. We are also able to retaliate proportionately (to Pakistani actions).”

She said security forces are “eliminating” the infiltrators before they could sneak into the Indian side, but added that it would be not right to say that no one manages to infiltrate.

Meanwhile, four Pakistani soldiers were killed and as many Indians injured, including two army men, in border hostilities in Jammu and Kashmir in the last 48 hours. Informed sources said the Pakistani soldiers were killed in retaliation along the LoC in Poonch and Rajouri districts since Thursday.

(With IANS inputs)

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