Pakistan hits again at India over ‘surgical strikes’ menace


ISLAMABAD:

Pakistan has strongly condemned Indian Home Minister Amit Shah’s reported assertion during which he threatened the nation with so-called “surgical strikes”, saying it is going to spare no effort in “resolutely thwarting any aggressive designs”.

“Pakistan condemns in strongest terms the irresponsible and provocative statement reportedly made by Indian Home Minister today threatening so-called “surgical strikes” in Pakistan,” Foreign Office Spokesperson Asim Iftikhar stated in a press release issued in Islamabad on Thursday.

“While Pakistan is a peace-loving country, we will spare no effort in resolutely thwarting any aggressive designs,” he added.

The spokesperson recalled that Pakistan’s swift response to India’s Balakot misadventure in 2019, together with the downing of Indian fight plane and seize of Indian Air Force pilot, totally demonstrated the desire, capability and preparedness of “our armed forces to deter Indian aggression”.

“This delusional statement only goes to further demonstrate the BJP-RSS combine’s propensity to stoke regional tensions for both ideological reasons and political expediency, based on enmity towards Pakistan,” he added.

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“Such statements also serve as smokescreens to divert world attention from India’s state-terrorism and systematic human rights violations in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), and against Muslims and other minorities in India,” the spokesperson stated.

He additional stated that Pakistan has repeatedly drawn the eye of the worldwide group to India’s sinister designs of staging “false flag” operations to implicate Pakistan and Kashmiris.

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