SRINAGAR: Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff Gen Raheel Sharif on Friday said the army will defend “each and every inch” of Pakistan “no matter what the cost”, Pakistan-based Dawn newspaper reported.
An Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement issued in Islamabad said the army chief, addressing officers at the National Counter-Terrorism Centre near Kharian, stated that Pakistan’s armed forces “have the capability to counter the complete threat spectrum”, it said.
Gen Raheel said that Pakistan, despite being a victim of terrorism for over a decade, had been able to turn the tide against terrorism due to the nation’s resilience and the professionalism of its security forces.
The statement came at a time when regional tensions are soaring as Pakistan and India face off at the 71st United Nations General Assembly in New York over the Kashmir issue.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in his address to the UN maintained that Pakistan wants peace with India but it is “not possible without resolving the Kashmir issue”. He has urged the UN to demilitarise Jammu and Kashmir and called for steps to implement UN Security Council resolutions on Kashmir.
India, exercising its Right of Reply, levelled serious allegations against Pakistan in its rebuttal, terming it a ‘terrorist state’.