Islamabad (IANS) Pakistan Army chief Raheel Sharif on Thursday called on the international community to condemn “Indian insinuation and fabrications” against Pakistan and said that any aggression by the country’s enemy would be met with a befitting response.
“We have recently witnessed an unfortunate display of utter desperation playing out inside (occupied Kashmir) and along Line of Control through a litany of falsehoods and distortion of facts by India,” the army chief said, while addressing the passing-out parade of Pakistan Air Force cadets in Risalpur, Rawalpindi.
“We expect international community to condemn Indian insinuations and fabrications about a nation that has made unparallel contributions in the global fight against terrorism,” Gen. Sharif added, according to a Inter Services Public Relations statement.
He said while Pakistan wants good relations with its neighbors, “no one should make any mistakes about our collective resolve to defend our motherland”.
The army chief was referring to India last week saying that its army had carried out “surgical strikes” on terrorist launch pads across the Line of Control in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.
Pakistan has denied the claim and said it was only a case of cross-border firing in which two of its soldiers were killed.
Sharif said any aggression “will not be allowed to go unpunished and will be met with the most befitting response. We will be highly relentless in defending our motherland against entire spectrum of threat”.
On the fight against terrorism, the army chief said they had “achieved phenomenal success in uprooting the terrorist infrastructure from our soil”, and were engaged in eliminating the residual threat “in the form of facilitators and their sympathizers” across the country.
“Their nefarious designs will not be allowed to succeed at any cost. Resolute efforts to consolidate our gains is the only way forward, for which we will not leave any stone unturned,” he said, according to ISPR.