Amidst rising tensions with India after the Uri attack, Pakistani Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif has said that Army will defend “each and every inch” of Pakistan “no matter what the cost.”
He also said that Pakistan’s armed forces “have the capability to counter the complete threat spectrum.”
Gen Raheel was addressing officers at the National Counter-Terrorism Centre (NCTC) near Kharian.
He said despite being a victim of terrorism for over a decade, Pakistan was successful in fighting terrorism due to professionalism of its security forces.
So far, Pakistan has trained 231,000 troops of the armed forces, 3,483 police officers and civil armed forces men at the NCTC, Lt Gen Umar Farooq Durrani, Commander of the Strike Corps, briefed the army chief.
Tensions between New Delhi and Islamabad have hit a boiling point as the two countries are now involved in a war of words following the Uri attacks.
In what could be a decisive turning point, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 24 sought to take the battle across the border by directly addressing the people of Pakistan and telling them that their rulers are “misleading” them by talking about a 1000-year war over Kashmir — an allusion to an oft-quoted remark by former Pakistan Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto.
He said India will not forget the militant attack that killed 18 soldiers at an army base in Kashmir, but tempered calls for a military retribution by challenging Pakistan to a war on poverty, unemployment and illiteracy.