From ‘India Ko Naesto Naboot Kar Denge’ to ‘Don’t want tensions with India’: How Pakistan Defence Minister Khwaja Asif changed his tone in 24 hours

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New Delhi | Updated: September 29, 2016 8:26:57 PM

An apparently afraid Khawja, who today along with the entire Pakistan witnessed the muscle and might of India Army, said, "We don't want a war with India.

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Khawaja Asif, Pakistan Defence Minister, who was bragging to use nukes and destroy India just yesterday, has changed his tone after Indian Army conducted surgical strikes across LoC. An apparently afraid Khawja, who today along with the entire Pakistan witnessed the muscle and might of India Army, said, “We don’t want a war with India.” In his conversation with a TV channel on Wednesday, Khawaja had threatened to use nuclear weapons and ‘destroy India’. Now, in less than 24 hours, the Pakistan Defence Minister is saying that he doesn’t want tensions with India. “Islamabad is open to using tactical devices against India if it feels its safety is threatened,” he had said. “We have not developed devices (nuclear weapons) for as item of showpiece, if there will be a requirement, we will destroy them,” Khwaja had said in a conversation with Pakistani TV channel SAMAA.

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Earlier, in an interview with Geo TV, when asked if he thought there was a threat of war, Asif had said, “I don’t think there is any such threat but as Allah has said in the Quran, `The horses must be prepared’, so we should always be completely prepared. The change in Khawaja’s tone comes just after Indian Army conducted surgical strikes on terror launch pads across the Line of Control (LoC). Significant casualties were caused to the terrorists in the operations. Army said that motive of this operation was to hit out at the terrorists who were planning to infiltrate into Indian territory. Indian Army has also shared the details of surgical strikes with Pakistan Army. There were no Indian causalities during surgical strikes. A number of items including GPS which have Pakistani markings have been recovered in the strikes.

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