Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf said in an interview to a private television news channel that his country can resort to retaliatory measures if India continues to threaten it.
“First of all, these threats they (India) gives us…we will also retaliate and inflict pain where it hurts the most. We are not just any small country, we can also retaliate, which you will remember,” said Musharraf in an interaction with Samaa news channel.
Musharraf’s remarks come in the backdrop of the terror attack on the Indian Air Force base in Pathankot, Punjab by suspected terrorists affiliated to the dreaded Jaish-e-Mohammad group based in Pakistan. The attack has come in between a thaw in relations between the two countries after Prime Minister Narendra Modi made an unscheduled stop-over in Lahore to attend the wedding of Pakistan premier Nawaz Sharif’s daughter. PM Modi’s visit was welcomed quite well by people of both countries.
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But the attack in Pathankot, which claimed the lives of seven Indian security personnel, has renewed focus on whether the two countries should engage in talks. The foreign secretary-level talks between India and Pakistan scheduled for January 15 have been deferred at the moment.
India had set conditions for Pakistan to take necessary steps in the Pathankot case if it wanted to engage in talks. On Wednesday, the Pakistan government announced that it conducted raids on the offices of Jaish-e-Mohammad and arrested some of their leaders. Even though the Pakistani media reported on the arrest of Jaish chief Maulana Masood Azhar, there was no official confirmation on the same.