He further said that the ceasefire violations are "an effort by Pakistan to precipitate tensions where none exist".

"Pakistan has to stop this unprovoked firing and shelling… as long as it continues how can there be peace," he added.

“If Pakistan persists with this adventurism, our forces will make the cost of this adventurism unaffordable," he said.

Seven civilians have been killed so far in Pakistani firing in civilian areas close to the border since October 6.

A total of 60 people have been injured, including five who were injured on Wednesday night.



Jaitley said that Pakistan was clearly the aggressor in the recent attacks and that the ceasefire violations were "an effort by Pakistan to precipitate tensions where none exist" and "to provide a cover for infiltration".

Earlier in the day, Home Minister Rajnath said that the Indian defence forces were giving a 'befitting' reply to them and the country won't bow down before anyone.

“I want to assure the people that we will not let down our country," he said, a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserted that "everything will be fine soon" on Pakistan border.

"The Prime Minister is keeping a close eye on the situation. He does not need to speak as our Army and BSF personnel are giving a befitting response and we are satisfied with it," Singh said amid questions being raised by the Opposition on government's response to the ceasefire violations by Pakistan.

Over 20,000 people from the border villages have abandoned their homes to avoid being targeted by Pakistani shelling of civilian habitations in Jammu, Samba and Kathua districts.

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