New Delhi, Mar 4: Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that the Indian Army is proportionately retaliating to Pakistani actions at Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir.

The minister also said that armed forces can effectively contain cross-border infiltration. Security forces are eliminating the infiltrators at the LoC before they could sneak into the Indian side but also added that it would be not right to say that no one manages to infiltrate.

Talking on the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), Sitharaman added that the government is not rethinking as of now on Act, which has been in force in Jammu and Kashmir and several insurgency-hit states in the Northeast.

The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act was enacted in 1958 to bring under control what the government of India considered ‘disturbed’ areas. Jammu and Kashmir have been demanding the withdrawal of AFSPA from a long time.

According to official figures, 860 incidents of ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops were reported in 2017 as against 221 the year before. Last month, Six Army personnel and a civilian were killed in the attack on the Sunjuwan military station on February 10. Three JeM terrorists, who carried out the strike, were killed during the gun battle with the Army.