New Delhi: A high-level meeting over drone row and repeated ceasefire violations by Pakistan, which was attended by top NDA ministers, ended with the government reportedly finalising a strategy to counter the hostile neighbouring nation.
According to reports, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar is expected to brief media at 5.15 pm today and outline the government's strategy to counter Pakistan's proxy war against India.
During the meeting, top ministers of the Narendra Modi government took stock of the situation arising out of ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan’s allegations that India sent its 'spy drone' across the border into Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
The high-level meet, which was held at North Block, was attended by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.
National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, who held a separate meeting with Director General of Border Security Force Devendra Kumar Pathak earlier, was also present.
India has already lodged a protest both in Islamabad as well as with the Pakistan High Commission in in New Delhi, but with the firing continuing along the border, the government may weigh its other options.
The current round of ceasefire violations has led to the death of a woman and left many injured, including BSF jawans.
These violations come ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s scheduled visit to Jammu tomorrow to attend the centenary celebrations of former state Finance Minister Girdhari Lal Dogra.
Meanwhile, Pakistan has accused India of having breached its territorial integrity by allegedly sending a spy drone to conduct aerial photography along the LoC. The drone was shot down by Pak agencies.
Islamabad even summoned Indian envoy Dr Raghavan over the issue. He later said that India has sought more information about the drone from the Pakistani establishment.
India has strongly denied the charge amid reports that the Chinese-made drone crashed while it was being used by Pakistani forces to aid infiltration into India by terrorists from PoK.