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IAF chief said Pak nuke sites can be hit, then India shouldn't expect restraint: Pakistan

Pakistan Foreign Minister Khwaja Asif warned India against launching a surgical strike on the country`s nuclear installations nobody should expect restraint from Islamabad. Photograph: (ANI)

WION Web Team Washington, DC, United States Oct 06, 2017, 05.40 AM (IST)

A day after Indian Air Force chief BS Dhanoa said the Indian Air Force can "locate, fix, and strike" Pakistan's nukes, foreign minister Khawaja Mohammad Asif hit back saying if that happens, nobody should "expect restraint" from Islamabad.

"Yesterday, the Indian Air chief said we will hit, through another surgical strike, Pakistan's nuclear installations. If that happens, nobody should expect restraint form us. That's the most diplomatic language I can use," the Dawn quoted Asif as saying at the US Institute of Peace in Washington.

Asif urged Indian leaders not to consider such actions as it could lead to disastrous consequences. 

"IAF is prepared to fight at short notice in full synergy with other two sister services, should the need arise," Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa had said at a press conference in New Delhi on Thursday. 

Earlier, Asif, who is on a three-day official visit to the US, met US National Security Adviser Gen H R McMaster and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. 

During the meeting, Pakistan foreign minister informed Tillerson that Islamabad pursued "zero-tolerance and indiscriminate approach" in its campaign against "all terrorist and militant groups", Pakistan daily newspaper Dawn reported.

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