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Pakistan angrily reacts to Indian army chief's remarks

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, Jan 1, IRNA -- Pakistan Thursday angrily reacted to Indian army chief statement that Indian military is ready to battle Pakistan and China at the same time.

According to Indian newspaper, India Daily, General Deepak Kapoor said that Indian Air Force, Navy, and Army is effectively ready to face Pakistan and China.

“Such statements betray a hostile intent as well as a hegemonic and jingoistic mindset which is quite out of step with the realities of our time,” Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit said.

“No one should ever underestimate our capability and determination to foil any nefarious designs against the security of Pakistan,” the spokesman told weekly press briefing.

He urged the international community to take due notice of such statements, adding Pakistan remains mindful of the threats posed to its security as well as the importance of promoting peace in South Asia.

He cautioned that no one should ever under-estimate Pakistan's capability and determination to foil any designs against its security.

He said Pakistan remains mindful of the threats posed to its security as well as the importance of promoting peace in the region.

Responding to another question about Indian interference in Pakistan through Afghanistan, the spokesman said Pakistan has raised its concerns several times with Afghanistan and the countries that are part of the coalition forces in that country.

He said the prospects of peace would not be very encouraging if such interference continues.

Asked when Pakistan is going to present its dossier with regard to Indian interference in Balochistan, he said the statement on the subject was made by the Prime Minister and we will proceed ahead as and when he deems it appropriate.

The spokesman regretted that India continues refusing to move forward towards resumption of the stalled dialogue despite commitments made at the Egyptian Sharam al-Sheikh.

He said on its part, Pakistan would continue to make sincere efforts towards resolving all bilateral disputes including Jammu and Kashmir for achieving viable and lasting peace in South Asia. “Pakistan is also not sparing efforts to bring the perpetrators of Mumbai attacks to book”.

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End News / IRNA / News Code 871564



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