Pakistan Warns Retaliation if India Launches Strike

The Pakistan Army has cautioned India against launching of any attack on its territory and vowed a “befitting” response, amid tensions between the two nuclear rivals over Indian occupied Kashmir.

The warning was issued in a meeting of military commanders, headed by the Army Chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, at the army headquarters, in the garrison city of Rawalpindi.

Indian Army Chief Gen. Bipin Rawat on Monday had alleged that the “terror camps” India’s Air Force had destroyed earlier this year in a cross-border attack in the Pakistani town of Balakot have been reactivated.

Many analysts believed that the statement implied that India was preparing for another such strike across the borders.

“Pakistan Army is fully configured, prepared and determined to defend honor, dignity and territorial integrity of motherland at all cost. Kashmir is jugular vein of Pakistan and no compromise shall be made which denies right of self-determination to our brave Kashmiri brethren”, the statement said, quoting the army chief.

The meeting acknowledged effective highlighting of Kashmir dispute at the UN General Assembly recently by Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Heightened tensions between the two arch rivals have further flared up in August, after India’s scrapped the special status of the disputed Jammu and Kashmir region.

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