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No unprovoked attack from across the border shall go unanswered: Sitharaman

By PTI
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Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday said no unprovoked attack from across the border would go unanswered and defence forces had been given room to hit back.

Nirmala Sitharaman

The minister was responding to questions on the firing along the Indo-Pak border despite the two sides agreeing for a truce.

"We shall keep our borders safe; forces have been given room to respond to any unprovoked firing. We shall ensure that no unprovoked attack goes without a response," she said.

The defence minister said it is not her ministry's role to determine whether the ongoing Ramzan ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir had been successful or not.

"We have been given room to hit back when there is an unprovoked attack. The Defence ministry's role is not to assess whether ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir has been successful or not," Sitharaman said.

In response to a question on the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) sanctions impacting the Indo-Russian defence ties, the minister said it had conveyed to the USA that New Delhi procured its defence equipment and spare parts from Moscow.

The sanctions, she said, could not impact this as the ties went a long way back.

PTI

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