India misleading world to cover up reign of terror in Kashmir: Aziz
Srinagar: The attack on an army formation in north Kashmir’s Uri town has brought the armies of India and Pakistan to blows, in rhetoric at least.
While Pakistan’s army chief Gen Raheel Sharif talked about his countries preparedness to respond to any direct or indirect threat, Indian army said it “deserved the right to carry out a retaliatory attack at the time and place of its own choosing”.
Pakistan Army described the Indian accusations on its involvement in a deadly militant attack in Uri as “hostile narrative propagated by India” and said the Pakistan Army is “fully prepared to respond to the entire spectrum of direct and indirect threats”.
Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) in a statement on Monday said that Pakistan’s Army chief Gen Raheel Sharif presided over a conference at General Headquarters in Rawalpindi in the backdrop of emerging situation after the Uri attack. Gen Raheel said the Army was fully cognisant of and closely watching the latest developments in the region and their impact on national security, ISPR said.
The Army chief also expressed satisfaction over the operational preparedness of the Army.
The conference provided an in-depth review of the external and internal security situation and operational preparedness of the armed forces,
“Pakistan’s armed forces together with their resilient nation have surmounted every challenge and will thwart any sinister design against integrity and sovereignty of the country in future as well,” the COAS said.
Meanwhile, the Indian Army said it reserves the right to respond to any cross-border terror attack “at the time and place of our own choosing”. The Army also said it has the desired capability to respond to any blatant acts of aggression and violence as deemed appropriate by us.
The remarks by Director General of Military Operations, Lt Gen Ranbir Singh came at a time when some security experts and political leaders have called for targeting terror camps in Pakistan-administer Kashmir (PaK) after the Uri attack.
“The Indian Army has displayed considerable restraint while handling the terrorist situation both along the Line of Control and in hinterland. However, we have the desired capability to respond to such blatant acts of aggression and violence as deemed appropriate by us,” Lt Gen Singh said in a statement to the media at the South Block.
“We reserve the right to respond to any act of the adversary at the time and place of our own choosing,” he added.
Lt Gen Singh’s remark was identical to the statement given by then Army chief Gen Bikram Singh in 2013 after the January 8 violation of the Line of Control (LoC) in which one jawan was beheaded and the other had his throat slit.
“We’ll give them a fitting reply…we will respond at a time and place of our choosing,” he had said. However, there was no retaliation.
In another development, Pakistan accused India of misleading the world opinion to cover up its “reign of terror” in Kashmir by a spate of “vitriolic” and “unsubstantiated” statements following the Uri attack.
“Pakistan has noted with serious concern the recent spate of vitriolic and unsubstantiated statements emanating from Indian civil and military leadership in the aftermath of yesterday’s attack” in Uri, Sartaj Aziz, the advisor to Pakistan Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, said.
He said Pakistan categorically rejects the baseless and irresponsible accusations being levelled by senior officials in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Government.
“It is a blatant attempt on India’s part to deflect attention from the fast deteriorating humanitarian and human rights situation” in Kashmir since the death of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.
He said that the situation in Kashmir is not of Pakistan’s making but a direct consequence of “illegal Indian occupation and a long history of atrocities that has resulted in over a 100 thousand deaths”.
“Nobody has been spared the brute state force including the elderly, wounded patients in hospitals as women and children. This should awaken international conscience,” Aziz said.
Reacting to Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s statement Pakistan is a “terrorist state” and should be isolated, Aziz said that it was deplorable that the Indian Minister chose to blame Pakistan for the incident even prior to conducting proper investigation.
“The statement is part of a pattern to mislead world opinion and cover up India’s reign of terror in Kashmir, the statement said.