Seething after India’s surgical strikes and the recent killing of Pakistani soldiers, India’s neighbouring country is conducting military exercises at a strategically located area near the border. After inspecting the exercises, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that the country is ready to confront any “reckless move” from its enemies, the Dawn reported. The report said that Sharif has “warned” that any attempt to harm Pakistan’s national security will be given a “befitting reply”. Sharif has been quoted as saying, “Exercise Raad ul Barq establishes that Pakistan is ready to confront any ambitious and reckless move by its enemies.” Sharif also said that the exercises highlight Pakistani forces’ preparedness in the face of any threat.
Sharif went on to blame India saying, “The situation at the border remains sensitive due to India’s grave violation of the ceasefire agreement.” Sharif even claimed that enemies of Pakistan have made the country a victim to terrorism. “The enemies of Pakistan have made their intentions well-known. They cannot tolerate signs of development in this country,” Sharif is reported to have said.
Sharif, along with Pakistan Army chief General Raheel Sharif, reviewed the readiness of the army and the air force to deal with any situation amid growing tension with India. The exercise took place near border close to Bahawalpur town in Punjab province. Sharif said yesterday that Pakistan cannot be bullied by Indian “tactics” and its restraint should not be “misunderstood” as weakness, warning that his country was fully capable of defending against “any belligerence”.
Expressing grief over the death of the seven soldiers, Sharif had said deliberate escalation of tension along LoC by Indian forces is a threat to regional peace and security. “It is also a futile attempt of the Indian authorities to divert the world’s attention from the worst kind of atrocities they are committing” in Kashmir, he had said.
(With inputs from PTI)