Pakistan says won’t be cowed down by India’s ‘aggressive posturing’

The leaders expressed "complete satisfaction over operational preparedness" of the armed forces.

By: PTI | Islamabad | Updated: October 6, 2016 1:47 pm
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Asserting that it cannot be cowed down by “hollow rhetoric” and “aggressive posturing”, Pakistan today said its armed forces are fully capable of thwarting any threat to its sovereignty and territorial integrity, amid escalating tensions with India after the Uri terror attack.

During the National Security Committee (NSC) meeting attended by top defence officials including army chief General Raheel Sharif, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan’s “quest for peace must not be mistaken as a sign of weakness”.

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“Internal and external security situation of the country with particular reference to the situation on the Line of Control (LoC) and operational preparedness of the armed forces were reviewed in detail during the meeting,” a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office said here.

The leaders expressed “complete satisfaction over operational preparedness” of the armed forces. They resolved that the entire nation stands shoulder-to-shoulder with its armed forces and will ensure defence of the country at any cost.

“Pakistan cannot be cowed down with hollow rhetoric and aggressive posturing,” they said during the meeting chaired by Nawaz Sharif at the Prime Minister’s House.

The Prime Minister said that Pakistan “does not cherish aggressive designs against any country” and believes in “peace and collective betterment”.

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“However, our quest for peace must not be mistaken as a sign of weakness; our armed forces are fully capable of thwarting any kind of threat to our sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Sharif added.

His remarks came two days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India has never attacked any country, nor has it been “hungry for any territory” but made supreme sacrifice fighting for others, referring to the two World Wars.

The developments come amid strained ties between New Delhi and Islamabad after the Uri terror attack and India’s retaliatory surgical strikes on terror launch pads across the LoC.

The NSC meeting referred to India’s surgical strikes as “recent propaganda and false claims” of attacking terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir across the LoC and said India “should resolve the long-standing issue of Kashmir for enduring peace in the region, instead of such futile efforts of diverting attention of the world”.

The leaders also said India must stop “atrocities” in Kashmir and recognise the struggle of Kashmiris for their right of self determination guaranteed by the UNSC resolutions.

Calling Pakistan and Kashmir as “inseparable”, Sharif said it is “imperative that the UN and other countries fulfil their longstanding commitment to the Kashmiris” and added that Pakistan will continue to extend moral, political and diplomatic support to Kashmiri people at every forum.

The leaders also noted that escalation on LoC and eastern borders will “shift Pakistan’s focus away from its efforts to eliminate terrorism from our soil at a critical stage, and is detrimental” to the successes made by the country in war against terror.

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    AHMAD HUSSAIN
    Oct 4, 2016 at 4:33 pm
    FIRST GET A PEION SIGNED FOR YOUR OWN COUNTRY FOR DEPRIVING PEOPLE IN OCCUPIED KASHMIR THE RIGHT TO SELF DETERMINATION-HONOR NEHRU'S COMMITMENT TO HOLD PLEBISCITE UNDER UN AUES ALLOWING KASHMIRIS TO DECIDE THEIR OWN FATE.ALSO PLEASE FIX YOUR OWN HOUSE,TREAT ALL HUMANBEINGS EQUALLY,END THE "CASTE SYSTEM".
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      Bir Chilarai
      Oct 4, 2016 at 5:54 pm
      But stan is already cowed down after all the macho nuclear talk. Look at them running here and there for help and trying to prove no strikes happened. Why so much tamasha if nothing happened? They are afraid of Indus Water Treaty being torn up and are kicked in the teeth even by "brother" Muslim Afghanistan, Bangladesh, UAE. Even China is quiet. Their izzat is torn to shreds and they are totally impotent.
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        nit
        Oct 4, 2016 at 3:54 pm
        There is another peion in UN against stan which is going strongly .Please google for un peion against stan and sign it my previous post I posted that link but it has been removed by the newspaper automatically so please google and help in declaring paskistan a terrorist state.Anyone can sign that peion.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;From an Indian who wants to save innocent lives all over the world including my lovely country India.
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          Samuel Thomas
          Oct 4, 2016 at 5:13 pm
          LOL - stani army is fully prepared for any eventuality by sending messages through pigeons, balloon's etc..the reason they do that is they don't have any MEN in their army to fight our Defence forces and that is why they have been parroting for the last few days that every stani is also available to fight for their country
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            Bips
            Oct 4, 2016 at 5:30 pm
            Peace and stan are two sides a coin.
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