Pakistan rejects new Indian army chief’s pre-emptive strike statements
The Foreign Office of Pakistan has dismissed the comment of the new chief of the Indian army on “pre-emptive attacks” across the control line.
Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane said in an interview hours after taking office on Tuesday that India reserves the right to “preemptively strike at sources of terror.”
He said a “new normal” has already been shown “emphatically” in the country’s response process to cross-border terrorism actions.
Foreign Office spokesman Aisha Farooqui found his comments reckless in a statement issued Thursday.
“There should be no doubt about Pakistan’s resolve and readiness to thwart any aggressive Indian move, inside its territory or Azad Jammu and Kashmir,” she said.
“No one should forget Pakistan’s befitting response to India’s Balakot misadventure.”
Farooqui said that, given the provocations of India, Pakistan will continue to contribute to all efforts to promote peace, security and stability in the region and beyond.
“They would be well-advised to look inwards and curb the growing saffron terror, which is increasingly a matter of concern for the international community,” the statement added.