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After Uri, Pak reviews army's operational preparedness

Sharif said the country's armed forces are fully prepared to respond to the entire spectrum of direct and indirect threats. Photograph: (WION)

WION New Delhi, India Sep 19, 2016, 03.14 PM (IST)
Pakistan's chief of army staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif held a corps commanders' conference today to review the the Pakistan army's operational preparedness.

The meeting was held at the army's general headquarters in Rawalpindi and looked to assess the state of Pakistan's security, both internal and external. 

Taking note of the "hostile narrative being propagated by India" -- Sharif was referring to the aftermath of Sunday's attack on an Indian army camp in Uri, Kashmir in which 17 soldiers were killed -- the COAS "we are closely watching the latest happenings in the region" and their impact on Pakistan's security. 

Expressing his satisfaction with the Pakistani army's operational preparedness, he said the country's armed forces are fully prepared to respond to the entire spectrum of direct and indirect threats. He said the armed forces, together with "our resilient nation", has surmounted every challenge and will thwart any sinister design against the integrity and sovereignty of Pakistan in the future as well.

Sartaj Aziz, the Pakistan Prime Minister's adviser on foreign affairs, meanwhile accused India today of trying to deflect attention away from the situation in Kashmir by blaming Pakistan for the Uri attack.

(WION)
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