Unprovoked attack from Pakistan won't go unanswered: Nirmala Sitharaman

Sitharaman said it is not her Ministry's role to determine whether the ongoing Ramzan ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir has been successful or not.

Published: 05th June 2018 03:33 PM  |   Last Updated: 05th June 2018 03:33 PM   |  A+A-

Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

By PTI

NEW DELHI: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today said, no unprovoked attack from across the border will go unanswered as the defence forces have been given the room to hit back.

Sitharaman was responding to questions on the firing along the Indo-Pak border despite the two sides agreeing to a truce.

"We shall keep our borders safe, forces have been given room to respond to any unprovoked firing. We shall ensure that no unprovoked attack goes without response," she said.

She also said it is not her Ministry's role to determine whether the ongoing Ramzan ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir has been successful or not.

"The Defence Ministry's role is not to assess whether the ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir has been successful or not," Sitharaman said.

In response to a question on the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) sanctions impacting Indo-Russian defence ties, the minister said it has conveyed to the USA that New Delhi procures its defence equipment and spare parts from Moscow.

The sanctions, she said, cannot impact this as the ties go a long way back.

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