“Very irresponsible statement by Indian Army Chief,not befitting his office. Amounts to invitation for nuclear encounter.If that is what they desire,they are welcome to test our resolve.The general’s doubt would swiftly be removed, inshallah,” tweeted Pakistan’s foreign minister Khawaja Asif.
The neighbouring country’s foreign office, too, was at pains to clarify that “Pakistan is fully capable of defending itself,” in a series of tweets from its spokesperson.
The threatening and irresponsible statement by the Indian Army Chief today is representative of a sinister mindset… https://t.co/ZunSX5MIr4
— Dr Mohammad Faisal (@ForeignOfficePk) 1515863155000
These are not issues to be taken lightly. There must not be any misadventure based on miscalculation. Pakistan is f… https://t.co/F2LoDo97El
— Dr Mohammad Faisal (@ForeignOfficePk) 1515863173000
While addressing the press in the run-up to Army Day, Gen Rawat had called out “Pakistan’s nuclear bogey,” saying it will be thoroughly exposed if the situation escalates to a war.
Pakistan often brandishes its short-range Nasr (Hatf-IX) nuclear missiles as a battlefield counter to India’s ‘Cold Start’ strategy which focusses on ‘limited’ and ‘calibrated’ strikes to make swift and hard inroads into enemy territory.
“We will call their bluff. If given the task, we will not say we cannot cross the border because they have nuclear weapons,” he had said.
(With inputs from agencies)