As India creates pressure, Pakistan Army General Qamar Bajwa visits LoC, asks troops ‘to be ready’

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 23 February 2019, 07:31 AM
Pakistan Army General Qamar Bajwa visits LOC, asks troops ‘to be ready’. (Radio Pakistan).
Pakistan Army General Qamar Bajwa visits LOC, asks troops ‘to be ready’. (Radio Pakistan).

Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited Pakistani troops at the LoC in Kashmir on Friday, and asked them “to be ready to face any eventuality”. Radio Pakistan reported that Bajwa lauded high morale of the troops. Bajwa said Pakistan is a peace loving country but it will not be intimidated or coerced.

"Any aggression or misadventure shall be paid back in the same coin," Radio Pakistan quoted Bajwa as saying.

Earlier in the day, Major General Asif Ghafoor, Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), said India has levelled allegations against his country "without due investigation" after 40 CRPF personnel were killed in a suicide attack was a Jaish-e-Mohammed man in Pulwama on February 14. He also alleged that the terrorist belonged to Kashmir. Major Ghafoor said Pakistan took some time to respond to India’s allegations as his army was investigating the matter. He said New Delhi has not yet accepted the "reality of partition". 

"We are not preparing for war. It's you(India) who is sending war threats. We're not preparing for initiating a war but we have a right to respond to the war threats from your side," said Major Ghafoor.

Major Ghafoor said Pakistan does not draw any benefit from Pulwama terrorist attack. “Our PM has made India an unprecedented offer. Never before was such an offer made, he said in a press conference.

Major said there are two senior Pakistan Army officials under the military custody on the charges of espionage. The Army chief has ordered their court-martial. It is in the process. Both are individual cases, there is no link between the two cases.

"We have a 72-year history. The partition happened in 1947 and Pakistan was liberated. India still hasn't been able to accept that," the Army spokesman said.

He further said: "Should you (India) initiate any reaction first, you would never be able to surprise us...we will surprise you."       

He said when it comes to India, "Pakistan has singleness of conception. We have will and determination." Ghafoor warned that military response this time will be different in case of war.

"We are not the army of past, we are a battle-hardened army. We have fought against an unseen enemy and won," he said.

First Published: Friday, February 22, 2019 10:04 PM
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