The fragile peace between Pakistan and India is under severe strain following the Pulwama terror attack that killed over 42 CRPF soldiers. While India has said that Pakistan will pay a heavy price for the terror attack, Pakistan said India was blaming it even without any investigation.
Talking to press in order to clarify Pakistan military’s stand amid rising tensions, Major General Asif Ghafoor, a spokesperson for Pakistan’s Armed Forces, warned India not to ‘mess’ with it and said that it can respond to full spectrum of threats.
“The ‘battle-hardened’ Pakistani army would retaliate in case of any threat. We have the right to retaliate if our national sovereignty is at stake.”
He added that while Pakistan was not preparing for war, it reserves the right to respond to war threats from Indian side.
“It’s you (India) who is sending war threats. We’re not preparing for initiating a war.”
Ghafoor also denied any role in Pulwama attack and said:
“Now look at Pulwama carefully. How can it be that any person from Pakistan can cross the LoC and go into an area where security forces’ population is greater than the local population? The attack happened miles away from the border, the explosives were local, the car used was local and the attack too was carried out by a local Kashmiri youth.”
He also said that Pakistan is a peace loving country and on a positive trajectory and so did not want physical conflict with anybody. Earlier, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan asked India to introspect and stop pointing fingers on Pakistan.
Meanwhile, amid these tensions, as per media reports, the Pakistani army base headquartered at Quetta has written to Jilani hospital on February 20 to arrange for medical supplies in the eventuality of a war with India.