Pak­istan’s out­go­ing army chief is­sues warn­ing to In­dia

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PAK­ISTAN’S out­go­ing mil­i­tary chief warned In­dia it would be danger­ous to mis­take his coun­try’s “re­straint” over re­cent ten­sions in dis­puted Kash­mir for weak­ness, as he handed over power to his suc­ces­sor.

The hugely pop­u­lar Gen­eral Ra­heel Sharif spoke at a colour­ful cer­e­mony wel­com­ing the in­com­ing chief Gen­eral Qa­mar Javed Ba­jwa at a sta­dium at army head­quar­ters in the gar­ri­son city of Rawalpindi, ad­ja­cent to the cap­i­tal Islamabad.

“Un­for­tu­nately, in re­cent months, in­creas­ing state ter­ror­ism in (In­dian) oc­cu­pied Kash­mir, and In­dia’s ag­gres­sive steps have put the re­gion’s peace in danger,” Mr Sharif said yes­ter­day.

“I want to make it clear to In­dia that con­sid­er­ing our pol­icy of re­straint a weak­ness would be danger­ous for her,” he said to ap­plause.

Ten­sions be­tween the nu­cle­ar­armed neighbours In­dia and Pak­istan have spi­ralled fol­low­ing a deadly as­sault on an In­dian army base in Kash­mir in Septem­ber that New Delhi blamed on Pak­istan-based mil­i­tants.

Mr Sharif spoke yes­ter­day as In­dian po­lice said armed mil­i­tants had launched a fresh at­tack near the border with Pak­istan, killing two soldiers.

Of­fi­cials said the at­tack took place in Na­grota in the north­ern state of Jammu and Kash­mir, which bor­ders Pak­istan and has seen re­peated out­breaks of cross-border fir­ing in re­cent weeks, and blamed it on “ter­ror­ists”.

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