Islamabad: Terming “Indian aggression” as a threat to the entire region, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday warned that Pakistan is also capable of retaliation and will not allow anyone to “cast an evil eye” on it.
Chairing a special Cabinet meeting to review the security situation in the country, Sharif said Pakistan will take all necessary steps to protect its people and territorial integrity in case of any aggression or violation along the Line of Control (LoC).
“No one will be allowed to cast an evil eye on Pakistan,” Sharif said.
“The nation is standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the valiant armed forces to defend the motherland.”
Pakistan has dismissed as “fabrication of truth” India’s claim and termed it a “quest” by India to create media hype by rebranding cross-border fire as surgical strike.
Sharif said all steps would be taken to prevent LoC violations or aggression and added that Pakistan’s resolve to establish peace remained strong.
He said the leadership and people of Pakistan are united in their resolve to counter any aggressive Indian designs, adding that Pakistan’s commitment for peace must not be construed as weakness.
Sharif also raised Kashmir issue said it was the “unfinished agenda of the partition”.
He said atrocities in Kashmir could not crush Kashmiris’ right to self-determination. “Indian atrocities” there are “unacceptable”, he said.
Calling for a probe into the September 18 Uri attack, Sharif said blaming Pakistan for orchestrating the attack was beyond comprehension.
The Cabinet also joined the Prime Minister in completely rejecting the Indian claims of carrying out “surgical strikes”, Radio Pakistan reported.
It condemned “Indian accusations in the wake of the Uri attack and pledged to expose India before the international community”.
Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said Pakistan does not want escalation of tension but is ready to meet any eventuality.
Minister for Commerce Khurram Dastgir said India is creating artificial tension in its attempt to divert attention of the world from its atrocities against Kashmiris.
He said Pakistan’s defence is in strong hands and the country would continue to raise voice for rights of Kashmiris.
Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination Syed Riaz Hussain Pirzada regretted that, instead of giving right of self-determination to Kashmiris, India is resorting to terrorism against Pakistan. He said the world community should take notice of India’s belligerence.