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Pakistan PM, military chiefs vow to teach India a ’lesson’

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  25 Nov 2016 12:00 AM GMT

Islamabad, Nov 24: Pakistan on Thursday stepped up its anti–India

rant with the military chiefs, including outgoing Army chief General

Raheel Sharif, threatening that the armed forces were capable of

teaching India “a lesson” if the border tension escalates. Just days

ahead of his retirement, General Sharif said that India had staged a

“drama” of surgical strikes. “If India conducts a surgical strike we

will give such a lesson that will be taught in India Army courses,”

according to an ISPR statement.

The comments from the army chief, who is on his farewell tour, came a

day after Pakistan claimed that 13 people, including three soldiers,

were killed in Indian firing along the Line of Control.

Prime Minister waz Sharif also convened a high–level meeting to

review the situation at the Line of Control, as Pakistan’s Air Chief of

Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman and val Chief Admiral Zakaullah

joined in hitting out at India.

Pakistan has shown utmost restraint in the face of Indian

belligerence and will not tolerate India’s “deliberate targeting” of

civilians and ambulances, waz Sharif was quoted as saying in a

statement from the Prime Ministers House.

“We cannot tolerate deliberate targeting of innocent civilians,

particularly children and women, the ambulances and the civilian

transport,” waz Sharif said.

“Pakistan has exercised maximum restraint despite the continuing

ceasefire violations from the Indian side,” the Prime Minister said. The

Prime Minister called upon the intertiol community to play its

active role in defusing tension between the two tions, “which has been

deliberately escalated by the Indian side”, said the statement.

The meeting concluded that India was trying to divert the attention

of the intertiol community “from the grave human rights violations,

massacres and atrocities being committed by the Indian security forces”

in Kashmir, it said.

In a related development, Pakistan’s Air Chief of Staff, Air Chief

Marshal Sohail Aman said the country’s armed forces were “not worried

about India at all”.

Speaking at the Intertiol Defence Exhibition and Semir (IDEAS)

in Karachi, the chief of air staff also called on India to resolve the

Kashmir issue, saying: “They should speak on matters of principle and

our ties will improve.”

Meanwhile, val Chief Admiral Zakaullah also joined the other two

military chiefs and said that the response that Pakistan vy gave to

India (when it chased an Indian Submarine last week) has satisfied the

public. “I am also satisfied.”

Firing exchanges and a bitter diplomatic war between the two

neighbours have escalated after the September 18 killing of 19 Indian

soldiers in a terror attack on an army base in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir.


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