The Pakistan Army on Friday accused India of giving war threats and warned it of a “surprise response” if New Delhi initiated any aggression.
The statement came from the Pakistan Army’s media wing amid heightened tensions between the two neighbours following the Kashmir suicide attack in Kashmir which left 42 CRPF personnel on February 1.
“Pakistan is not preparing for war. Threats and reports of a war are coming from your (India’s) side. We are only using our right to self defence,” said Major General Asif Ghafoor, Director General, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), said it in a press conference held in Rawalpindi.
The statement came a day after the UN Security Council in a show of unanimity condemned in the “strongest terms” the February 14 suicide bombing in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
“We do not wish to go into war, but please rest assured that should you initiate any aggression…, Pakistan armed forces will never be surprised by you. But let me assure you, we shall surprise you,” the officer said.
“We can respond to full-spectrum threat… I hope you (India) get this message and don’t mess with Pakistan.”
Denying Pakistan’s role in the bombing, Major General Ghafoor said Islamabad “had nothing to gain from Pulwama attack” and added that the person responsible for the suicide bombing was a local who grew tired of “India’s high-handedness” in the Kashmir Valley.