Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry has strongly condemned recent “provocative” remarks by Indian Chief of Defense Staff General Bipin Rawat against Pakistan and called it as baseless accusations.
“This is not the first time that he has resorted to such belligerent rhetoric against Pakistan,” said FO spokesperson.
“Such belligerent statements from the senior military leadership of India provide insight into how the BJP-RSS mindset – a dangerous mix of an extremist ideology, hegemonic ambitions and obsession with Pakistan – has permeated Indian state institutions, including their army,” Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri added.
Indian Defense Chief should focus on his job rather
Last week, Gen. Rawat said Pakistan could try to take advantage of any threat developing along India’s northern borders. He warned that the Pakistani army would suffer heavy losses if it attempted any misadventure, according to the Hindustan Times.
Chaudhri said India’s defense capabilities had been embarrassingly exposed to the world not long ago.
“India’s defense capabilities are very well known to Pakistan, and Pakistan’s readiness to respond to any Indian misadventure is also known to the world,” he said.
He advised General Rawat, the Indian defense chief to focus on his job rather than making baseless accusations against Pakistan.
“Rather than whipping up anti-Pakistan sentiments, the Indian leadership should focus on the peaceful resolution of Kashmir dispute,” he said.
Chaudhri said, “Pakistan and China are committed to promoting peace, stability, and development in the region.”
Tensions have mounted between Beijing and New Delhi since June this year, when India lost 20 of its soldiers in hand-to-hand fighting with the Chinese military on the Line of Actual Control (LAC), a de facto border near the Himalayan region of Ladakh in Indian administered Kashmir. Since then, a series of meetings have been conducted between the two countries but without success.
On Tuesday, India and China accused each other of opening fire at disputed borders after decades where using arms was prohibited, according to a 1996 agreement between the two countries. It was the first such incident since October 1975, when four Indian soldiers were killed at the border by gunfire.
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