As India conducts strikes in Myanmar, Pak Cautions Against Cross-border ‘Adventurism’

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India will strike enemies at ‘place and time’ of its choosing, says minister

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s civilian and military leadership on Wednesday warned against any “adventurism” by India in the aftermath of a rare cross-border strike by Indian troops inside Myanmar, saying Islamabad is prepared to mount a “befitting response”.

Indian Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore on Wednesday warned that Indian strikes in Myanmar were a message to all countries, including Pakistan and groups harbouring ‘terror intent’ that India would strike at the ‘place and at a time’of its choosing.

“This is a message for all countries, including Pakistan, and groups harbouring terror intent towards India. A terrorist is a terrorist and has no other identity. We will strike when we want to,” Rathore said.

Underlining the essence of ‘warfare,’ the minister added, “We will not tolerate any strikes on India or Indians. We’ll always wield the initiative on either being friendly or engaging in aggressive action. We will strike at a place and at a time of our choosing.”

The Indian minister’s statement comes hours after the Indian army conducted cross-border strikes on two insurgent camps in Myanmar. The strikes came days after 18 Indian soldiers were killed in Manipur.

‘PAKISTAN NOT MYANMAR’

Responding to Rathore’s statement Pakistan’s, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar said those who are contemplating any kind of adventure in Pakistan must know they will get a befitting response, adding that India should know “Pakistan is not Myanmar”.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, Nisar said Pakistan won’t be affected by statements issued by Indian ministers every other day.

 “Pakistani masses and the government desire peace and prosperity in the region, which is why, despite reservations, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif attended Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s oath-taking ceremony to initiate dialogue between the two countries,” said the statement.

But in return, the interior minister said, Pakistan got nothing and all doors of dialogue and reconciliation were closed.

Nisar said violations across the LOC, and provoking statements from Indian minister had become a routine affair. He said India should know that Pakistan wanted peace but would never accept India’s dominance. “India should stop day-dreaming,” he added.

ARMY STEPS IN

Pakistan Army chief General Raheel Sharif also warned that Pakistan will defeat enemy designs and defend Pakistan’s territorial integrity at any cost.

“No one should dare cast an evil eye on Pakistan,” the army chief was quoted as saying by DG ISPR Asim Bajwa.

A high-level huddle of the top military commanders at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi warned India not to resort to any ‘misadventure’ against Pakistan.

Taking strong exception to a series of threats from India, formation commanders’ conference presided over by Army Chief General Raheel Sharif made it clear that Pakistan was ready to defeat Indian ‘designs’ and defend the territorial integrity.

“The forum took serious notice of the recent Indian hostile rhetoric coupled with covert and overt actions to destabilize Pakistan,” the military’s media wing said.

It was termed as  highly regrettable that Indian politicians not only indulge in actions that are in violation of the United Nations’ Charter but also take pride in claiming  their interference in the internal affairs of other states, it added.

The forum was given comprehensive briefings on security environment and professional issues, according to Express Tribune.

The army chief’s statement comes at a time of verbal exchange between the two countries.

During his visit to Bangladesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi not only accused Pakistan of spreading terrorism in India but also admitted that India had played a part in the break-up of Pakistan in 1971.

‘No Comparison Of Myanmar With LoC Situation’

SRINAGAR: A top army officer today said the surgical strike carried out by the Indian army inside Myanmar following an insurgent attack in Manipur cannot be linked to the situation along LoC in Kashmir.

“Manipur incident (strikes in Myanmar) is according to the situation and circumstances there. I would not like to connect one with the other,” General officer Commanding of Army’s 15 Corps Lt General Subrata Saha said.

Lt Gen Saha was replying to a question whether Army will undertake similar operations against militants on the other side of LoC in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

“A response or reaction to any operational situation is based on the situation in that area. I do not think it is professionally right to link one (situation) with another,” he added.

On the recent spate of killings by unidentified gunmen in north Kashmir Sopore town, the army officer said such incidents disturb the security situation.

“Such incidents (killing of political workers) disturb the security situation. Was it a terrorist action, criminal action or a fringe action will be known only after investigations.

“The security system does get up set and the security agencies have to respond to the challenges as they are emerging,” he added.

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