Pakistan's credible nuclear deterrence only thing stopping India from war: DG ISPR

Elias Hubbard
January 14, 2018

Pakistan denounced Saturday as "irresponsible" remarks by rival India's army chief in which he vowed to expose "Pakistan's nuclear bogey" in the event of a war between the countries.

When asked what if India undertakes any misadventure against Pakistan, Ghafoor said, "Well, it's their choice. We will have to call their nuclear bluff".

This all comes after Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Major General Asif Ghafoor reacted to Gen. Rawat's statement and said such statements were unbecoming of a person of his stature. "[This] amounts to an invitation for a nuclear encounter", he tweeted. If that is what they (India) desire, they are welcome to test our resolve. "The general's doubt would swiftly be removed, inshallah".

While briefing global convoys at a two-day event, Pakistan harped on how Indian intelligence agencies are spreading internal instability and how "terrorist activities are being carried out from Afghan soil".

Asked what would be Pakistan's response if India resorted to any such misadventure, Gen Ghafoor said: "Should they [India] wish to test our resolve, they may try and see it for themselves". We have a credible nuclear capability, exclusively meant for threat from east.

The Pakistani military spokesman said, "We believe COAS is a very responsible appointment and a four-star is a rank with age-long experience and maturity".

"If India could overpower us through conventional engagement post overt nuclearization, they could have done it by now".

Pakistan's military announced a year ago that it had enhanced NASR's flight maneuverability and extended its range to 70 kilometers from 60.

He said Pakistan's nuclear technology was only to fight the menace of eastern border (along India).

The territorial dispute over Kashmir, which has sparked two wars, continues to strain bilateral ties and prevents India and Pakistan from resuming long-stalled political talks. "We will have to call their nuclear bluff", Rawat said at a press conference on Wednesday.

Gen Bipin Rawat Friday said the Indian Army would not hesitate to cross the Pakistani border to carry out an operation if ordered by the government, Hindustan Times reported.

"These are not issues to be taken lightly".

"Pakistan is fully capable of defending itself", he said.

General Rawat's remark had come in response to a question on possibility of Pakistan using its nuclear weapons in case the situation along the border deteriorated.

The US, meanwhile, said that there's been no official communication from Pakistan on suspension of cooperation.

"It is moving very fast". "We are very keen to start the hotline".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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