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India reacts to Pak Ghaznavi missile test, says forces are ready to deal with any eventuality

File Photo: Raveesh Kumar, official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, India Aug 29, 2019, 04.23 PM (IST) Edited By: Sparshita Saxena

Ministry of External Affairs' spokesperson Raveesh Kumar on Thursday briefed media and stated that Pakistan, by its activities, is portraying that the situation with India is very sensitive. 

He stated that there has been no communication from Pakistan on complete closure of airspace, "certain sectors have been temporarily closed and notifications were received on certain routes and diversions."

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On Pak Human Rights Shireen Mazari's letter to the president of UN Rights Council Kumar said, "don't want to lend any credence to the letter by acting, the letter is not even worth the paper on which it has has been written."

On the matter of Pakistan trained commandos' intrusion in Kutch, he said, "ask relevant authorities on this matter, our security forces are ready to deal with any eventualities."

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"Terrorism is an instrument of Pakistan's policy, their statements instigate violence," he added. 

India slammed Pakistan for its irresponsible statements which include resorting to war and has asked the country to act like a normal neighbour by not supporting terror in the neighbouring country. 

Earlier this week, Pakistan railway minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed said that there could be a war between the two countries towards the end of the year.

Pak Minister Fawad Chowdhary had said that Islamabad had considered closing airspace for India though Pakistani foreign ministry has clarified that no such decision has been taken. The use of Pak airspace for PM Modi's plane during France visit was given by Islamabad to New Delhi despite its rhetoric on Kashmir after August 5.

Asking Pakistan to behave like "a normal neighbour", Kumar said "What do normal neighbours do, they don't push terrorist in the neighbouring country. You do normal talk, normal trade".

Pakistan on Thursday carried out night training launch of surface to surface ballistic missile Ghaznavi in Balochistan.

The director-general of Pakistan military operations tweeted out a video of the missile test which was carried out at night.

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The missile has a reported distance capability of 290 kilometres. It can deliver multiple types of warheads.

Meanwhile, Mundra port has been put on high alert after Pakistan trained commandos entered the Gulf of Kutch and Kutch area through Harami Nala creek area. 

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The coast guard alert said the commandos were trained in "underwater attacks". The coast guard had received the input that has been shared with private companies to take safety measures. 

"It is therefore directed to take utmost measures of security and prevent any untoward situation in Gujarat state," Adani said in a statement.

All ships at the Mundra port have been asked to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to marine control station and port operation centre immediately.

The development came days after Islamabad deployed medium-range artillery and mobilised its army along the LoC.

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Ministry of External Affairs' spokesperson Raveesh Kumar stated that there has been no communication from Pakistan on complete closure of airspace.