‘India Never Violates Ceasefire’, says Rajnath Singh

India has never violated the 2003 ceasefire with Pakistan on the Jammu and Kashmir border, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Friday attacking Pakistan for its repeated violation of ceasefire along the international border and the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.

While responding to the allegations of Pakistan, the minister said, "India never violates the ceasefire. It is a country which believes in peace."

At a ceremony at Surajpur in Greater Noida to mark the 53rd Raising Day of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police, Singh said, "Pakistan should stop ceasefire violations. We have never provoked or started the firing. We have always retaliated."

Meanwhile, Singh said that the country believes in peace. "India believes in peace. They didn’t even spare Diwali," he added.

According to reports, Pakistan Rangers violated ceasefire several times early morning on Diwali and resorted to firing on border outposts along the International Border in Samba, Kathua and Jammu districts as Prime MinisterNarendra Modi visited Jammu and Kashmir.

On the border dispute with China, Singh reportedly said the two countries must talk. "We should resolve the border disputes with China through talks. We also want peace but with respect," he said.

Meanwhile, when addressing the ITBP jawans, Singh said, "We sleep peacefully because you guard our borders and sacrifice your lives"

However, Prime Minister Modi has also saluted the ITBP personnel on his micro blogging site by tweeting, "On the Raising Day of ITBP, I salute our brave ITBP personnel. We are proud of their valour, determination and service to the Nation.”

(With inputs from IANS)

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