Jaitley, in a blog published on Saturday, said the weak-kneed policy of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government on national security ‘adversely impacts the mindset of those who hold national security as the priority issue’.

"The geopolitical realities compel us to analyse that any future aggression may see the build up of Pakistan and China axis," he said.

Jaitley said the Defence Ministry has been ‘without direction’ under AK Antony.

"Our defence purchases and preparedness have seriously suffered. Under Antony, raksha mantralya has been virtually rudderless and without direction,” the senior BJP leader wrote.

He also attacked the UPA government on the issue of ‘one rank, one pension’ and said the notification giving effect to the announcement is yet to be issued.

"Ex-servicemen are aggrieved by the fact that notwithstanding the promise of implementing 'one rank, one pension' the notification giving effect to the announcement has not been issued," he wrote.

(Agencies)

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