Pak warns of ‘10 sur­gi­cal strikes’ against In­dia

The Free Press Journal - - WORLD -

Pak­istan on Satur­day warned of “10 sur­gi­cal strikes” against In­dia in re­sponse to a sin­gle such at­tack, in the lat­est war of words be­tween the two es­tranged nu­clear-armed neigh­bours.

Ma­jor Gen­eral Asif Ghafoor, spokesper­son of the mil­i­tary’s In­ter Ser­vices Pub­lic Re­la­tions, stated this while talk­ing to the me­dia in Lon­don, where he is ac­com­pa­ny­ing Pak­istan Army Chief Gen Qa­mar Javed Ba­jwa on a visit. “If In­dia dares to launch a sur­gi­cal strike in­side Pak­istan, it will face 10 sur­gi­cal strikes in re­sponse,” Ghafoor was quoted as say­ing by Ra­dio Pak­istan.

He also said “those who think of any mis­ad­ven­ture against us should have no doubt in their minds on Pak­istan's ca­pa­bil­i­ties”. The mil­i­tary spokesman said the Pak­istan Army was the cus­to­dian of the $50 bil­lion China Pak­istan Eco­nomic Cor­ri­dor (CPEC) and the mega pro­ject will strengthen the econ­omy of the coun­try.

Ghafoor said the Army wanted strength­en­ing of democ­racy in Pak­istan, and claimed the gen­eral elec­tion in July was the most trans­par­ent in the his­tory. “If any­one has ev­i­dence of rig­ging then it should be brought for­ward,” he re­marked.

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