‘Army shows re­straint with J&K pro­test­ers’

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the re­cent UN report on al­leged hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions in Jammu & Kash­mir as base­less and de­void of ground re­al­i­ties, de­fence min­is­ter Nir­mala Sithara­man on Fri­day said the In­dian Army showed ut­most re­straint in deal­ing with pro­test­ers and prob­lems in the state. “The (UN Hu­man Rights Coun­cil) report was un­for­tu­nately pre­pared sit­ting in the com­fort zone some­where else… it does not take ground re­al­i­ties in Kash­mir into ac­count. The In­dian Army shows the high­est re­straint in deal­ing with pro­test­ers in Kash­mir,” Sithara­man said. sia…We have told the US Con­gres­sional del­e­ga­tion (that vis­ited India re­cently) that we have had con­tin­u­ous re­la­tions with Rus­sia, in­clud­ing de­fence pro­cure­ments, which have en­dured for years,” Sithara­man said, dis­miss­ing CAATSA as “a US law and not a UN law”.

In Oc­to­ber 2015, India had kicked off plans to ac- quire the S-400 mis­sile sys­tems, which can de­tect, track and de­stroy hos­tile strate­gic bombers, stealth fight­ers, spy planes, mis­siles and drones at a range of up to 400 km and al­ti­tude of 30 km.

CAATSA will fig­ure in the in­au­gu­ral ‘two-plustwo’ di­a­logue, now slated for Septem­ber af­ter a de­lay.

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