Holding Pakistan responsible for ongoing unrest in the Kashmir Valley, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday said India’s unity has been challenged and the forces behind it need to be defeated.

Addressing the BJP’s ‘Tiranga Yatra’ here, the minister said Pakistan was once again at war with India "using new methods" of spreading unrest and inciting violence among masses in the Kashmir Valley.

"A new serious situation has arisen. Pakistan and various other forces are involved in it, and the country’s unity has been challenged once again," Jaitley said, adding that people of Jammu and Kashmir should jointly fight against this aggression.

"It’s a challenge for us. We will not compromise with it," he added.

He further said that those advocating the cause of stone pelters in the Kashmir Valley are playing petty politics.

"Some people outside talk of human rights in Kashmir. Have they ever visited the valley and seen those securitymen who have been injured while performing their duty?"

"When India became free in 1947, it was created for peace and development. Whereas Pakistan was created only to divide India," Jaitley said.

"After getting badly defeated at three wars with India, Pakistan started a proxy war against us in 1990s. In 2008 and 2010, they gave the new face of stone pelting to their proxy war and that is what is happening in the valley this time also."

The minister said militancy and stone pelting need to be dealt with firmly and no laxity should be shown in dealing with such situations.