NEW DELHI: Pakistan’s army said it will continue its support for the right to self determination for “our Kashmiri brothers”, but it specified it would do so only across the Line of Control (LoC) and not in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir, Pakistani media reported citing a Saturday statement from the country’s armed forces’ media wing, Inter-Services Public Relations.
Pakistan’s army chief Qamar Bajwa made a comment to this effect on a visit Saturday to Pakistani positions along the LOC in the Muzaffarabad Sector, Dawn said.
Bajwa was also reportedly told by his troops that “no Indian misadventure shall go without a befitting response”.
“We are aware of the defence and security challenges being faced by the country and we are capable of defeating all threats, irrespective of the ‘front’ “, Bajwa reportedly said, according to The Express Tribune.
Presumably, this was a response to a recent statement by the Indian Army chief that the “Indian Army is fully ready for a two-and-a-half-front war”. And while he didn’t name the front, the Army chief Bipin Rawat was likely referring to referring to China, Pakistan and the Pakistan-funded movement in Kashmir.
Rawat did add though that even though India is ready for a multi-front war, there are effective mechanisms available to defuse an adverse situation.
India’s Army chief didn’t expand on these mechanisms, but the Indian Army said last month that it “very recently” destroyed Pakistani military posts in Rajouri – with punitive artillery assaults – to give “a befitting reply to the Pakistan military which aids infiltration” in Jammu and Kashmir.
“With the mercury rising and snow-melting in the valley, the chances of infiltration increase from the Pakistani side. The Army is all geared up to counter such threats,” Major General Ashok Narula told reporters in New Delhi.
India has cranked up the military pressure along the 778-km LoC with “punitive fire assaults” against Pakistani Army posts and terror launch pads, after the beheading of two Indian soldiers in the Krishna Ghati sector on May 1.
The Army said that the targeted fire assaults, with light field guns, anti-tank guided missiles, heavy mortars, rocket launchers and “infantry tanks”, are being conducted to “pro-actively dominate” the Line of Control and “destroy locations aiding infiltration of
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