Saturday's attack on the camp near Jammu, the winter capital of the state, was the worst in months with six soldiers and the father of a soldier killed. Three terrorists have been eliminated. "Dialogue with Pakistan is necessary if we are to end the bloodshed".
Indian officials blamed Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM), a Pakistan-based armed group, for the Jammu attack, but Pakistan's foreign ministry said in a statement the "Indian allegations are premature and inopportune". Their handlers are across the border.
Asked whether the government was sharing evidence with Pakistan, Sitharaman replied in the affirmative. "In fact those responsible for Mumbai terror attack are freely roaming in Pakistan". Security forces also killed three militants. A fourth one, she said, may have been a guide and didn't enter the military base.
"The government is taking a host of steps in procuring modern electronic surveillance systems to implement the report of Philip Campose committee that was set up to review security at all military installations, for which Rs 1,487 crore has been allocated", the Defence Minister said. She also feared "local support" for the terrorists who might have infiltrated a few days back to study the locality prior to the attack.
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Reacting to the government's move, a JuD spokesman said the action is an attempt to "appease the U.S and India". This decision was taken in the backdrop of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) meeting in Paris.
Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Rohit Kansal; Principal Secretary, Finance, Navin Choudhary; Commissioner-Secretary, Industries & Commerce, Shailendra Kumar; administrative secretaries of various other Departments; representatives of trade and industry and other senior officers were present in the meeting.
CRPF spokesman told AIR that after several hours of search operation, two terrorists were traced in a building situated in the periphery of the CRPF camp in Karan Nagar area. "This immediate action forced terrorists to split into individual positions and prevented a coordinated strike".
"The freedom fighters are in complete control and will give a tough fight to Indian forces", he said. She said, "I compliment the valour of our fearless soldiers". "A 189 flats had to be cleared", she said.
"Pakistan is expanding the arc of terror to the areas south of Pir Panjal Range (Jammu region) and resorting to ceasefire violations to assist infiltration".
Both countries had declared ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in the disputed Kashmir region and the Working Boundary in 2003.