No space for war between two nuclear powers, says DG ISPR
Statesman Report
RAWALPINDI: Pakistan and India are two nuclear powers and there is no space for war between the two countries, military spokesperson Maj Gen Babar Iftikhar said on Thursday in his first-ever public briefing to the media.
Addressing a press conference at General Headquarters, the new military spokesperson sad India is playing “dangerous games” at the Line of Control (LoC) to divert attention from internal issues, but Pakistan Army stands ready to respond to any misadventure.
This was Maj Gen Iftikhar’s first media briefing since he took charge of the office on February 1, 2020. He was appointed chief of the military’s media wing last month as Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor completed his term.
Iftikhar said, “whenever the country has faced difficult times, the armed forces and the people have faced them bravely.”
“February 27 is a bright day in the history of Pakistan,” Maj Gen Iftikhar said, referring to the downing of two Indian fighter jets on this day last year.
“Whether there are internal or external dangers, we are ready. The military is aware of our enemy’s covert operations,” he said.
On a question about Indian military leaders’ recent threats, the DG said “Pakistan is keeping an eye on the Indian military’s preparedness.”
“Our core capability is 100% ready. If India ever tried [to start a war] we will be ready for them,” he said.
Kashmir is an international issue now
Speaking on the Kashmir situation, Gen Iftikhar said the issue has been internationalised as India’s actions on August 5, 2019 made the situation worse in the territory.
“Life has come to a halt in the region. There is a communication lock-down. This is not a regional issue between the two [countries any longer]; it is one of the biggest humanitarian issues [in the world today].”
“International media, human rights organisations have condemned the move.”
“The UN chief has also called for an end to the human rights violations,” he recalled.