Centre wants peaceful life in Kashmir: Jaitley

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Jaitley, who is in Srinagar for the 14th Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council meet, had a meeting with the senior commanders and troops at a forward post along the Line of Control (LoC), where he reviewed security situation.

Accompanied by GoC of Baramulla-based Division, Maj Gen RP Kalita, the defence minister had visited forward areas along LoC in Rampur sector of North Kashmir's Baramulla district and was briefed by senior commanders about security situation.

Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday said the government wants people of Jammu and Kashmir to have a peaceful life but security forces will act "very tough" against militants.

New Delhi: Sharing the proud feeling on seeing one's armed forces working dedicatedly, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday applauded troops for their readiness to any misadventure by enemy."The aggressive domination & readiness of troops for befitting response to any misadventure by enemy is very satisfying", he tweeted after holding a meeting and reviewing security situation.The aggressive domination & readiness of troops for befitting response to any misadventure by enemy is very satisfying.

His visit to Kashmir comes only weeks after Pakistani Army beheaded two Indian security personnel in Poonch district which was termed "barbaric" by India, reported the agency.

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On a question about dialogue with separatists, Jaitley said, "Our priority right now is to restore normalcy in Valley, especially in south Kashmir".

"Their actions were conspiracy not only against Indian state but also against residents of Kashmir Valley".

On Thursday, State Finance Minister Dr Hasseb A Drabu said Jammu and Kashmir will hold a special assembly session within 30 days to make changes that are needed before GST is implemented in the state. However, as far as those who are killing people, we can't extend the same facilities to them. "They will have to be treated as serious insurgency problem and dealt with accordingly", he said.

As for an expose about Kashmiri separatist leaders receiving funds from Pakistan to create unrest in the Valley, he said: "What was already known to informed sources has been put in the public domain by the TV expose".

He said the aspirations of the people have to be addressed but that can be done only when there is peace in the state. "And those who take to violence of this magnitude will certainly be accountable for their actions", said Jaitley.

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