Pakistan says future generations of 'enemy' will remember its response to aggression, releases video of damaged Indian posts

24 May 2017, 04:59 PM
Pakistan's Air Force Chief, Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman
Pakistan's Air Force Chief, Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman

Amid heightened tension with India, Pakistan's Air Force chief on Wednesday warned that his forces will respond to any aggression by the "enemy" in a manner that their future generations will also remember it.

Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman emphatically said that Pakistan will give a befitting response to any misadventure by the enemy, Radio Pakistan reported on Wednesday.

Talking to reporters at Qadri airbase in Skardu, he said the country should have zero concern over the "statements of the enemy."

"Our response to any aggression by the enemy will be such that their future generations will also remember it," he said according to the report.

The Air Force chief made the remarks after taking part in Air Force exercises and flying a Mirage fighter jet during his visit to Skardu. He also reviewed the exercises and operational preparedness of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF).

His visit coincided with reports in Pakistani media that the Air Force on Wednesday flew fighter jets near the Siachen Glacier - the world's highest battleground.

The Indian Air Force in New Delhi denied that the Pakistani fighter jets violated the Indian air space.

Earlier on the day, the Pakistan Army released a video purportedly showing heavy damage caused to the Indian military posts across the Line of Control, in a tit-for-tat action after the Indian Army released a clip of the "punitive fire assaults" on Pakistani positions.

Pakistan Army spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor in a brief statement with the video, posted on the army's Facebook page, alleged that India on May 13 had targeted innocent civilians.

"In befitting response, the Pakistan Army destroyed Indian posts in Nowshera Sector," he said.

The 87-second video purportedly shows heavy-artillery pounding several Indian positions, which were completely destroyed.

The Pakistan Army's footage was released in an apparent reaction to the Indian Army releasing a video of the military action which showed some structures in a forested area being destroyed.

The Indian Army on Tuesday said it launched "punitive fire assaults" on Pakistani positions across the LoC, inflicting "some damage", days after two of its troopers were beheaded.

The Pakistan Army, however, dismissed as "false", the Indian Army's assertion of destroying its posts in the Naushera sector.

Sources in the Indian Army said the strike was a message to Pakistan that it will take stronger action with increased frequency against any infiltration attempts from across the border.

The 22-second video released by the Indian Army showed concrete structures being reduced to rubble amid plumes of smoke and balls of fire.

Tensions between India and Pakistan have run high since the attack on an Indian army base in Uri in September last year in which 18 Indian soldiers were killed by militants based in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. Ten days after the attack India launched "surgical strikes" there to destroy "terrorist launchpads".

With PTI inputs

First Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 04:41 PM

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