The Pakistan Army retaliated after Indian COAS Bipin Rawat threatened Pakistan with war, saying that we too are a nuclear power and ready for war.
Indian Army Chief General Rawat threatened Pakistan with surprise action by Indian security forces, a day after New Delhi canceled a meeting between foreign ministers of the two countries.
General Rawat said Indian forces will take further measures. There is always a surprise in Indian forces’ action, General Rawat said at the media briefing.
“We are always ready and prepared for war. War happens when either side is unprepared for it,” DG ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor said on Saturday.
The army’s media wing spokesperson said that the country’s desire for peace shouldn’t be perceived as its weakness, adding that the Army won’t let peace be derailed.
The ISPR spokesperson called General Rawat’s statement, ‘irresponsible’.
“India has always backed off from talks,” the DG ISPR said. “Pakistan is always ready for talks.”
The Indian army needs to understand that Pakistan is a nuclear power, he said, adding that any Indian adventure would be given a befitting reply.
The army’s spokesman said that the Indian military chief’s statement could escalate tensions. “War is not a solution.”
The relationship cannot improve without resolving the Kashmir dispute, Ghafoor said.
ISPR Director-General Major-General Asif Ghafoor said that India should not take Pakistan’s desire for peace as a sign of its weakness.
The Indian army chief said India “Needs to take stern action to avenge the barbarism that the terrorists and Pakistan Army have been carrying out…it’s time to give it back to them in the same coin, not resorting to similar kind of barbarism. But I think the other side must also feel the same pain”.
Gen Rawat’s comments came shortly after Prime Minister Imran Khan took to Twitter earlier on Saturday to respond to India’s cancellation of the meeting between the Pakistani and Indian foreign ministers on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), calling New Delhi’s reaction “arrogant and negative”.
“All my life I have come across small men occupying big offices who do not have the vision to see the larger picture,” added PM Imran Khan.
Responding to Gen Rawat’s statements, Asif Ghafoor said Pakistan has a long-standing record of fighting terrorism, adding “we know the price [that is paid] for peace”.