NEW DELHI: India has a "new normal" in dealing with Pakistan; said Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in a TV interview today, declaring that Delhi's changed policy makes it clear that if Pakistan kills Indians, it will "pay a cost for it".

Mr Jaitley spoke to NDTV after eight persons were killed in held Kashmir within 24 hours. According to the TV channel at least eight Indian security troops have died since then - last week, a soldier was killed by Kashmiri freedom fighters. 

Pakistan should know "the times have now changed", Mr Jaitley said, referring to the government's swiveling away from the policy of strategic restraint used by its predecessor in dealing with Islamabad. "We have suffered enough in silence... the Government of India has a more proactive approach," he said.

Thousands of villagers have been evacuated in the last few weeks and moved into government-run shelters. Schools have been closed.