"Our head has not bowed... This government will not let our heads bow," Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said replying to questions in Rajya Sabha. Jawan killed along LoC
Jaitley's response came when Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said Narendra Modi, before becoming the Prime Minister, used to accuse the then UPA dispensation of being "weak".
Then why the government has "bowed" to the recurring ceasefire violations by Pakistan, Azad asked.
The minister said during the current year till July 16, there have been 54 ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC) and International Border in Jammu and Kashmir.
Between May 26 and July 17, 19 ceasefire violations took place along the LoC and International Border and in all such cases, there was retaliation by the Indian side, he said.
"All CFVs are taken up with the concerned authorities of Pakistan at the appropriate level through the established mechanism of hotlines, flag meetings etc," he said.
Jaitley recalled that during the first meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi had with his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz
Sharif here on May 27, he had underlined the importance of border ceasefire.
"Our Prime Minister further emphasised the importance of maintaining peace and tranquility at the borders and upholding the sanctitiy of the LoC," he said about the meeting that took
place a day after the new government took over.
Meanwhile, an Army jawan was killed in an exchange of fire with a group of infiltrating militants along the Line of Control in Akhnoor sector of Jammu district on Tuesday.
A group of militants infiltrated into Indian territory near Chakla forward post of Pallanwala sector of Akhnoor tehsil, police officials said.
Troops of Naga regiment challenged and fired on them, they said, adding heavy exchanges took place.
In the firing exchanges, an Army jawan died, they said.
Defence Spokesman M Mehta said an infiltration attempt took place in Pallanwala sector this morning.
"Fire fight ensued and one jawan died. Search is in progress", the spokesman said.
"Our head has not bowed... This government will not let our heads bow," Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said replying to questions in Rajya Sabha.
Jawan killed along LoC