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Indian Army Chief’s Remark Of ‘Preemptively Strike’ Right ‘Irresponsible’, Says Pakistan

Islamabad: Pakistan on Wednesday rejected India’s new Military chief’s assertion that New Delhi reserves the precise to “preemptively strike” throughout the Line of Management (LoC), terming the remarks as “irresponsible.”

In an unique interview to PTI barely hours after taking cost of the 1.3-million-strong drive, Military Chief Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane on Tuesday stated India reserves the precise to “preemptively strike” at sources of terror. He asserted {that a} “new normal” within the nation’s response mechanism to acts of cross-border terrorism has already been “emphatically” displayed.

“If Pakistan does not stop its policy of state-sponsored terrorism, we reserve the right to preemptively strike at the sources of terror threat and this intent has adequately been demonstrated in our response during surgical strikes and Balakot operation,” the Military Chief stated in New Delhi, in a stern warning to Islamabad.

Reacting to Gen Naravane’s remarks, the Pakistan Overseas Workplace in a press release stated, “We reject the new Indian Army Chief’s irresponsible statement regarding ‘pre-emptive strikes’ across the LoC” inside Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

There must be little doubt about Pakistan’s resolve and readiness to thwart any aggressive Indian transfer, inside its territory or PoK, the assertion stated.

“No one should forget Pakistan’s befitting response to India’s Balakot misadventure,” it added.

Tensions between India and Pakistan escalated after a suicide bomber of Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed killed 40 CRPF personnel in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on February 14.

India launched a counter-terror operation in opposition to a JeM coaching camp in Balakot on February 26. The following day, the Pakistan Air Power retaliated and downed a MiG-21 in an aerial fight and captured its pilot, who was handed over to India on March 1.

“Despite India’s provocations, Pakistan would continue contributing to all efforts of promoting peace, security and stability in the region and beyond,” the assertion stated.

The Overseas Workplace additionally stated it would proceed to focus on the difficulty of Kashmir on worldwide boards.

“Pakistan reaffirmed its unflinching support and solidarity with the Kashmiri people as the inhuman lockdown” in Jammu and Kashmir reaches 150 days, it stated.

“As part of our unstinted moral, political and diplomatic support for the Kashmir cause, Pakistan will continue to raise at all international forums the plight of over eight million innocent Kashmiris under the brutal occupation of 900,000 Indian security personnel,” the assertion stated.

The Overseas Workplace additionally stated India should instantly raise the persevering with communication restrictions in Kashmir.

Pakistan has been unsuccessfully making an attempt to drum up worldwide assist in opposition to India for withdrawing Jammu and Kashmir’s particular standing on August 5 and bifurcating it into two union territories.

Reacting sharply to India’s resolution, Pakistan downgraded diplomatic ties with New Delhi and expelled India’s ambassador in Islamabad.

India has categorically instructed the worldwide neighborhood that the scrapping of Article 370 was its inside matter. It additionally suggested Pakistan to just accept the fact and cease all anti-India propaganda.

Following the abrogation of Article 370, the Indian authorities imposed restrictions, together with ban on cellphones and Web, in Jammu and Kashmir to keep up legislation and order. The restrictions are being step by step lifted in a phased method.

(IANS)

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