Tensions between India and Pakistan have hit a boiling point following the recent attack on an Indian Army camp in Uri in Kashmir which martyred 18 soldiers. The deadly attacks have also renewed the ‘war of the words’ between the two nuclear armed neighbours.
In a fresh anti-India tirade, Pakistan’s Defence Minister Khawaja Asif has threatened to use nuclear weapons in case of war with India.
He said Pakistan’s nuclear bombs are not to display in a showcase.
Replying to a question about India’s intention to carry out surgical strike in Pakistan, the defence minister told private TV channel SAMAA; “We will destroy India if it dares to impose war on us. Pakistan army is fully prepared to answer any misadventure of India.”
He said Pakistan Air Force is ready to give a befitting response to India if it violates Pakistan’s airspace.
Asif also claimed that while Pakistan is serious about resolving the Kashmir issue, India is not.
He further claimed that China has supported Pakistan’s viewpoint, but India has not received support from anywhere despite launching a diatribe against Pakistan.
Asif also alleged that Uri attack was a ‘plan devised by India itself’.
Maintaining that no proof implicating Pakistan in the Uri attack had surfaced yet, he claimed that India “orchestrated Uri attack to divert the attention of the world from the Kashmir issue”.
India has recently handed over proof to Pakistani envoy Abdul Basit that the terrorists, who killed 18 soldiers in this month’s deadly attack on an army installation in Uri, belonged to Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir.
Men arrested by Indian agencies have told investigators that they helped the four terrorists cross the border, serving as guides, as per a media report.
Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar handed over the names of the two guides from Muzaffarabad in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir — Faizal Hussain Awan, 20, and Yasin Khursheed, 19 — who helped the terrorists.
Meanwhile, military spokesman Lt Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa has said Pakistan’s eastern borders are under close monitoring of the security forces who are ready to respond to any aggression.
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