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‘Irresponsible’: Pakistan rejects Indian Army chief’s remark on right to ‘preemptively strike’

By: Express Web Desk | Islamabad |

Updated: January 2, 2020 7:39:24 pm





Indian Army Chief's remark of 'preemptively strike' right 'irresponsible': Pakistan “There should be no doubt about Pakistan’s resolve and readiness to thwart against any aggressive Indian move”, inside its territory or PoK, it mentioned. (PTI Photo)

A day after new Army chief Mukund Naravane warned Pakistan that New Delhi reserves the right to “preemptively strike” on the supply of terror, Pakistan Wednesday rejected his assertion, terming it “irresponsible”.

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

“There should be no doubt about Pakistan’s resolve and readiness to thwart against any aggressive Indian move”, inside its territory or PoK, it mentioned. “No one should forget Pakistan’s befitting response to India’s Balakot misadventure,” it added.

Tensions between the 2 nuclear-armed neighbours escalated following the February 14 Pulwama terror assault in Kashmir final 12 months. About 44 CRPF personnel had been killed when an explosive-laden automobile rammed into one of many buses carrying the forces from Jammu to Srinagar. Following the template of the surgical strikes after the Uri assault in 2016, the IAF carried out an airstrike at JeM coaching camps in Balakot earlier than daybreak on February 26.

In an interview to information company PTI barely hours after taking cost of the 1.3-million sturdy pressure, Army Chief Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane had on Tuesday mentioned India reserves the right 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 Army Chief mentioned in New Delhi, in a stern warning to Islamabad.

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

Naravane replaces General Bipin Rawat as the brand new Chief of Army employees. Rawat, who retired from his former place Tuesday, has been appointed India’s first Chief of Defence Staff.

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