Pak will pay for this misadventure: Nirmala Sitharaman on J&K attacks

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Putting up a courageous face, Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman assured that India would "retaliate" in equal terms for Pakistan's misadventure in carrying out an attack on Sunjuwan Military Station in Jammu & Kashmir last week.

Indian officials have said the heavily armed attackers involved in Saturday's attack were members of the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militant group.

The Minister asserted that evidence related to Jaish's involvement in the terror attack would be shared with Pakistan.

Mufti on Monday said in the Assembly: "If Farooq Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti say hold talks with Pakistan, they are dubbed anti-national".

Not stating any timeline for the action against Pakistan, the Defence Minister said, "Pakistan will pay for this misadventure".

"And the evidences will only strengthen that argument".

"Seventeen US intelligence agencies have warned Congress that Pakistan will continue to slip out of America's influence and into China's orbit in 2019, and will become a threat to Washington's interests in the South Asian region", states a report in Pakistan daily Dawn. These terrorist organisations will use Pakistan's area to conduct attacks against India and Afghanistan and work against United States interests in the area. "Pakistan is not fighting this war for the USA aid, we are fighting this war for our people and the future of our people", Iqbal said.

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The minister revealed that intelligence inputs show terrorists were controlled by their handlers from across the border.

Taking to Twitter, she said that talks were necessary to end the bloodshed.

Sitharaman said Pakistan has been violating ceasefire to help infiltrators. She said that Islamabad's culpability in such terror attacks had been proved over and over again. "Pakistan will have to pay for this misadventure". "Activities of terrorists in the hinterlands are severely curtailed due to relentless efforts of security forces", the Defence Minister added.

Attacking the Narendra Modi government over lack of policy towards Pakistan, the Congress on Tuesday asked it to spell out its response to Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti that India should be talking to the neighbouring country.

"6 fatal casualties, including a civilian were cost by the terrorists". "I wish to express my deepest condolences on loss of lives of our soldiers. I compliment the valour of our fearless soldiers".

At least 10 people were killed in both attacks.

Four terrorists were killed by the Army during the operation that has now been on for over 50 hours.