The surgical strike that India conducted on Pakistani land in 2016 is still active in Pakistan’s head and heart. Why do I say so? Pakistan Armed Forces spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor has said something about the same. Something which looks like a warning. Pakistan threatening of surgical strikes against India seems like a retaliation warning from Pakistan’s side after the surgical strike On 29 September 2016.
Those of you do not remember, a Surgical strike by India on terrorist launchpads in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) shocked and awed the whole world. It killed as many as 45 of terrorists and some 9 Pakistan Army-men. It was discussed on the international stage at the highest diplomatic levels. Now Pakistan threatens to launch ten surgical strikes in the response if India launches even one surgical strike.
Ghafoor, earlier in an interview, said:
“Pakistan Army is “ready for a war” but prefers the path of peace in the best interests of its people, as a response to Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat’s comment that India would “avenge” the death of its soldiers and take “stern action” against Pakistan.”
Ghafoor’s statement came while he was interacting with media persons in London, where he is accompanying Pakistan Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa on a visit.
Interacted with Pakistani media at Pakistan High Commission, London. Candid discussion on various national security issues. Pakistani media abroad has a national responsibility to project positive narrative of Pakistan. Thanks to them for doing their bit. pic.twitter.com/cTCmY0XOvo
— Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) October 13, 2018
He further added:
“Pakistan Army is a custodian of China Pakistan Economic Corridor and this mega project will strengthen the economy of the country. Pakistan Army wants to strengthen Pakistan’s democracy. General elections 2018 were most transparent ever in the history of the country.”
This is how Indians reacted on Twitter after the statement
DON QUIXOTE OF PAKISTAN
“If India dares to launch a surgical strike inside Pakistan, it’ll face 10 surgical strikes in response”
Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor
— @akashtv1soni (@Akashtv1Soni) October 14, 2018
— Sanket Patel 🇮🇳 (@Sanket_Indian_) October 14, 2018
“#Pakistan goes for war mongering again, warns of ’10 #surgicalstrikes‘ if #India carries out one
Retaliatory two way surgical strike means war… & may be suicidal path is better for Pak than war on terrorism & economy front..🤔
— CrooksMaster (@CrooksMaster) October 13, 2018
DG ISPR claimed there is a complete freedom of expression in the country. Well, that is highly doubted. It will be seen how Indian democrats react to this statement made by Pakistan.