‘Dialogue not war is course to peace,’ DG-ISPR on Indian army chief’s threat of ‘surprise action’ against Pakistan

  • Gen. Bipin Rawat rejects peace dialogue with Islamabad
  • 'Pakistan’s desire for peace should not be mistaken for weakness,' cautions Maj-Gen Asif Ghafoor
  • Info minister says India using hate mongering against Pakistan to divert attention of Indian public from Rafale corruption scandal

RAWALPINDI – Army spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor has advised India not to get into war-mongering as a ruse to deflect international challenges, giving a befitting reply to the neighbouring country’s army chief over his reckless remarks of teaching Pakistan a lesson.

“Pakistan is a nuclear nation and is ready to give a befitting reply to any misadventure,” the Director-General of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said while reiterating that Pakistan’s desire for peace should not be taken for weakness.

“Pakistan is a peace loving country and has played an unparalleled role as forces of peace in the region. We are on a positive trajectory of peace and stability after having gone through efforts over the last two decades. We understand the value of peace and shall not allow it to be reversed,” said the DG ISPR.

Responding back to the General Bipin Rawat’s threat of launching a ‘surprise attack’ on Pakistan, Gen Ghafoor warned India of stern military repercussions. He urged Indian army chief to abstain from deteriorating peace situation.

“War is never a solution to any problem. Pakistan has always positively responded to all peace initiatives. It’s India who backs out from the dialogue. For peace, dialogue is the best course. This we always offer from the position of strength not weakness,” he added.

The head of military’s media wing also highlighted the fact that Indian army has been indulged in its country’s politics in the wake of corruption scandals.

“As stated by the government, the Indian government is under criticism internally from the opposition on various corruption scams and failure of economic agenda. Such statements are attempts to divert domestic narrative towards Pakistan”, DG ISPR referred while commenting on Indian warmongering.

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“India was trying to divert attention from the domestic problem by calling off talks with Pakistan and resorting to baseless propaganda.

“Pakistan army is a professional institution. It is part of the army’s professional code of conduct. No Pakistani troop was involved in the mutilation of an Indian soldier,” Ghafoor told a private TV channel while rejecting allegations of mutilating the body of Indian BSF soldier.

The army spokesman further said that he would soon hold a presser to discuss the matter in details.

His statement came shortly after Indian army chief General Bipin Rawat threatened to take launch action against Pakistan over the latter’s alleged involvement in the killing of a BSF soldier and policemen in occupied Kashmir last week. “India will have to respond to Pakistan in their own language without resorting to barbarism,” Rawat told Indian media.

“Yes, it’s time to give it back to them in the same coin, not resorting to similar kind of barbarism. But I think the other side must also feel the same pain.”

Pakistan ‘deeply disappointed’ as India backtracks from bilateral talks

The remarks come a day after New Delhi called off a meeting scheduled for next week between its foreign minister with the Pakistani counterpart, Shah Mehmood Qureshi.

Extending support to Indian government’s decision to call off foreign minister-level talks with Pakistan in New York on UNGA sidelines, General Rawat said that “talks and terrorism can’t go hand-in-hand”.

Speaking about the controversial Rafale deal, the Indian army chief acknowledged that the delay in the composition of modern weapons isn’t good for his forces. He asked for new weapons to keep up with the new technology, confirming that the buying of weapons continues.

Reacting to the Indian army chief’s rant, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said Pakistan will continue to strive for peace, and added that the world is watching as to who wants peace and who wants war.

FM Qureshi and India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had been scheduled to meet in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session.

The Indian foreign ministry had said the talks were called off after the “latest brutal killings of our security personnel by Pakistan-based entities and the recent release of a series of twenty postage stamps by Pakistan glorifying a terrorist and terrorism”. It did not provide further details about the alleged killings.