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Pakistan ready to respond to Indian misadventures, DG ISPR tells Indian COAS

RAWALPINDI: Responding to Indian COAS Bipin Rawat’s threatening statement, Pakistan Army’s spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor on Saturday said that the country’s soldiers are ready to respond to Indian misadventures, ARY News reported.

“Pakistan is a nuclear-armed country and is ready to respond to Indian misadventures,” Director General Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor said in a statement.

The DG ISPR said that Pakistan has made it clear that it wants talks and peace in the region but it is India which runs away from talks each time.

Terming the Indian COAS’s statement “irresponsible”, Asif Ghafoor said that his statement is aimed at sabotaging Pakistan’s efforts for peace in the region.

“Pakistan’s armed forces have fought against terrorists and has sacrificed a lot in its war on terrorism, we know the price of peace and want peace,” said Asif Ghafoor.

He maintained that the Indian army is battling a number of freedom movements on its own soil while its civilian government is facing corruption charges so both are accusing Pakistan to divert their people’s attention from such issues.

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It is pertinent to note here that Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat earlier today said that India needs to take stern action against Pakistan.

Talking to media persons, General Rawat had added that “India will have to respond to Pakistan in their own language without resorting to barbarism”.

New Delhi on Friday also called off a meeting between the Pakistani and Indian foreign ministers on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), just a day after confirming the development.

India’s Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, while confirming the development, had cited “unclean intentions” on Pakistan’s side.

Earlier this month, Indian PM Narendra Modi, in a communique to Prime Minister Imran Khan, had stated that he seeks “meaningful and constructive” engagement between the two neighbours.

In reciprocation, PM Khan had written to the Indian premier, officially extending the offer to resume peace talks.

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