India has always pursued peace with its neighbours and has been a target of a proxy war, Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre said on Friday, adding that the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir was "at an important crossroad".
"The security situation in Jammu and Kashmir is at an important crossroad... We have always been pursuing for peace with our neighbors. But for many years cross-border terrorism and proxy war has been waged against our country," Bhamre said in the Lok Sabha.
Talking about the September 29, 2016, surgical strike, the minister said specific and definite inputs were received on which the Army acted.
"...we received the specific and very definite inputs across the border that there were several terrorist teams positioned themselves at the launch pad prepared for strike in Jammu and Kashmir and other parts of the country, our Army conducted the surgical strike with precision without any casualty on our side," he said.
Commenting on the security situation in the Northeast, the minister called it "complex, fluid and dynamic" adding that there has been a 15 per cent drop in violence level.
"The security situation in the North Eastern States has remained complex with sporadic incidents of violence over the year. Proactive approach has resulted in successful curtailment of the scale of violence in insurgency prone area of the North East," Bhamre said.
He also said that the situation along India-China border continues to be "peaceful".
Responding to concerns about the defence budget, Bhamre said: "I would like to mention that it may not always be appropriate to think about the defence spending in terms of national economic output."
Earlier, intervening in the debate, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said national security was not an issue on which political parties should attack each other.
"National security and national preparedness are not political issues...," Jaitley said while intervening in a discussion on the demands for grant for the Defence Ministry.
"There are some problems that are there since decades, and there are some good systems as well which have been there for decades," Jaitley said.
The minister assured the house that Indian forces were "fully prepared" to face any threat to national security.
He also said that the government was working on making procurements faster and there will be no compromise on the requirements of the forces.
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