Army chief General Raheel Sharif on Thursday said the country is capable of responding to all forms of aggression from India.
“We know how to respond befittingly to any aggression from India,” the army chief said, adding that there is no need to worry about anything that India says.
Talking to journalists after the joint session of Parliament, the army chief said the law and order situation of the country would continue to improve. The statement comes a day after the army chief said Kashmir and Pakistan are inseparable.
On Wednesday, the army chief described the festering dispute over the Himalayan region as an ‘unfinished agenda’ of the 1947 partition in a strong rejoinder to a flurry of provocative statements emanating from India.
“While we wish peace and stability in the region, we want Kashmir’s just resolution in light of the UN resolutions and as per the aspirations of the Kashmiris to bring lasting peace in the region,” Gen Raheel said in a speech at the National Defence University in Islamabad.
His statement came against the backdrop of rising tensions between the two nuclear-armed arch-nemeses as a result of the recent controversial statements by Indian cabinet ministers and officials.
The public admission by Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar that New Delhi would ‘neutralise terrorists through terrorists’ has particularly prompted strong reaction from Islamabad. The army chief also joined civilian leaders to hit back at India saying that they would not allow ‘proxies’ by other countries to destabilise Pakistan.
“While our enemies are supporting terrorism to stoke sub-conventional conflicts and destabilise our country, we are fully determined and capable of defeating their nefarious designs,” he was quoted as saying by the military’s media wing, the ISPR.