‘Ceasefire only for Ramazan’
New Delhi: Indian Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Tuesday that the Indian Army will continue to respect the ongoing Ramazan ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir, but no “unprovoked attack” from across the border will go unanswered.
Addressing a press conference on the occasion of the fourth anniversary of the NDA government, the minister said, “It is our duty to keep our borders safe. We shall be alert and ensure that no unprovoked attacks go without us responding. It is the duty of the defence ministry and the forces to keep India safe.”
The minister was responding to questions on the firing along the Indo-Pak border despite the two sides agreeing for a truce.
Sitharaman said the army was taken on board before the Home Ministry announced the ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir. Replying to another question, she said it was not her ministry’s role to determine whether the ongoing ceasefire has been successful or not.
Asked whether the ceasefire will be extended, she said, “It is only announced for Ramazan.”
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.