JAMMU: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday warned Pakistan that it will pay the price for the recent terror attack on an army camp that claimed the lives of five soldiers and a civilian in a two-day gunfight in Sunjwan, Jammu. The Hindu reported.
“Pakistan will have to pay for this misadventure,” Ms. Sitharaman told reporters here. The deaths of “our soldiers would not go in vain.”
Amid the attack on army camp in Sunjwan, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman left for Jammu this afternoon to meet the injured soldiers and civilians and review the security situation.
The operation to counter the militants holed up in Junior Commissioner Officer residential quarters continued for over 50 hours after suspected JeM militants entered the camp on Sunday early morning.
The attack left six soldiers and one civilian dead, while 10 other persons sustaining injuries, that include six women and children.
The operation was called off on Monday morning after three militants, wearing army uniform were gunned down in the operation.
During the operation para commandos from the army’s Udhampur-headquartered northern command were airlifted to tackle the militants. The Air Force provided aerial surveillance.
Earlier in the day, Pakistan had warned India against cross-border strikes in the disputed region of Kashmir after India blamed the Pakistan-based group for an attack which claimed the lives of five soldiers and one civilian.
India had said the heavily armed militants were affiliated with Jaish e Mohammad (JeM) group, which drew criticism from Pakistan about rushing judgment from India without any proper inquiry.
Pakistan’s foreign ministry said in a statement, “It is a well-established pattern that Indian officials begin making irresponsible statements and leveling unfounded allegations, even before any proper investigation in an incident has been initiated.”
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