February    2019

Defence Minister accuses Pakistan of helping Jaish-e-Mohammed

Tuesday,13 Feb 2018 06:57 AM IST

Media Eye News Bureau: In the aftermath of the weekend strike on Jammu’s Sunjuwan military station, the Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman accused Pakistan of helping Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) militants to launch the attack at the camp where five soldiers and a civilian were killed and warned them that they “will have to pay for this misadventure.”

Citing intelligence reports Sitharaman said, “Terrorists belonged to Jaish-e-Mohammed, sponsored by Azhar Masood residing in Pakistan and deriving support from there.” She added, “Evidence is being scrutinised by the National Investigation Agency. Pakistan is expanding the arch of terror to areas south of Pir Panjal and resorting to ceasefire violations to assist infiltration.”

The attack in Sunjuwan was one of the deadliest on the Indian army since late 2016 when on November 29 of that year, seven soldiers out of which two of them were officers were killed in Nagrota, Jammu when armed militants attacked the base.

Soldiers killed the last of the attackers in Sunjuwan military base even as a separate group of militants tried to enter a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) camp in Srinagar. One paramilitary constable died in the gunfight, while the attackers fled to a nearby building on Monday.

A meeting of top defence officials was held to discuss the attacks by the Union home minister Rajnath Singh in Delhi. Union home secretary Rajiv Gauba and director of Intelligence Bureau Rajiv Jain were present at the meeting as well.

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