WION Web Team Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory, Pakistan
Jan 16, 2018, 02.25 AM
After General Bipin Rawat indicated that the Indian Army could cross the border to tackle terrorism in J&K, the Director General of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Major General Asif Ghafoor hit back saying Indian army chief's statement was "irresponsible" and "unbecoming" of a four-star general.
On the occasion of Army Day, General Rawat had said that the military was ready to escalate the offensive in J&K to combat cross-border terrorism, in a clear reference to crossing the LoC, asserting "if we are forced, then we may escalate our military action and carry out 'other action'."
In a tit-for-tat response, Ghafoor told Pakistan's Dawn newspaper: "Should India wish to test our resolve they may try and see it for themselves. We have a credible nuclear capability exclusively meant for threats from the East."
Pakistan's military wing added that Pakistan considers its nuclear capability to be a "weapon of deterrence" and not an "option for war".
"The only thing stopping them is our credible nuclear deterrence as there is no space of war between the two nuclear states," Ghafoor said, adding,"Pakistan is a responsible nuclear state with a professional army, therefore India must not remain in illusion."
Pakistan's foreign ministry in a statement said: "These are not issues to be taken lightly. There must not be any misadventure based on a miscalculation."
"Pakistan is fully capable of defending itself," the statement added.
General Rawat had said the Pakistan Army was continuously trying to help terrorists sneak into India along the Line of Control (LoC) in J&K, adding that the Indian Army is using its might "to teach them a lesson."