Pakistan Never Wanted Escalation Along LoC Either Vertically Or Horizontally: Abdul Basit

5:31 pm 8 Oct, 2016


Despite the reports that suggest that Pakistan army build-up has intensified on the LoC, Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit has claimed that Islamabad never wanted any increase in tensions with New Delhi.

Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit youtube

Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit youtube

The Express Tribune quoted Basit, as saying that they never wanted to escalate the situation either vertically or horizontally.

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“Pakistan has always proportionately responded to whatever [ceasefire] violation has taken place in the past. That continues to be our stance,” he said.

On surgical strikes, he said: “If you [India] want to label cross-LoC firing as surgical strikes, that is your prerogative and we can’t stop you.”

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India’s Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) Lt. Gen. Ranbir Singh, announced that the strikes has inflicted significant casualties and heavy damages on terror camps operating inside Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK). Reports suggest that nearly 40-50 terrorists were killed in the operation.

“But I can assure you, had there been any surgical strikes, Pakistan would have responded immediately and proportionately. If there is any action from the Indian side, you can rest assured Pakistan will respond,” he added.

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The Pakistan envoy warned that India was setting a dangerous example by claiming to have carried out covert raids across the LoC.

However, the Pakistan envoy warned that India was setting a dangerous example by claiming to have carried out covert raids across the LoC.

“It is very dangerous to nurture false expectations. There are high stakes involved on both sides,” he said. Asked why he thought Delhi would mislabel ‘routine operations’, Basit said “it is for India to explain.”

He has also said that attacks like Uri and so many other things happening in Kashmir clearly tell us that the J&K dispute needs to be resolved and it cannot be brushed under the carpet.

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