ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has denounced as “irresponsible” remarks by India’s army chief in which he vowed to expose “Pakistan’s nuclear bogey” in the event of a war between the countries, the Voice of America (VOA) reported on Sunday.
Islamabad’s reaction came after Indian army chief General Bipin Rawat dismissed assertions that Pakistani “tactical” nuclear weapons had effectively countered India’s ability to impose a conventional military war on the neighbouring country.
“We will call their bluff. If given the task, we will not say we cannot cross the border because they have nuclear weapons,” Rawat said while speaking to reporters in New Delhi.
“Very irresponsible,” tweeted Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif while responding Saturday to Rawat’s statement.
“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 [God willing],” Asif vowed.
The Pakistan army also criticised the Indian general’s comments, reiterating that its nuclear weapons alone had deterred India’s massive army from launching another conventional war against Pakistan
“Should they wish to test our resolve, they may try and see it for themselves. We have a credible nuclear capability, exclusively meant for threat from east. But we believe it’s a weapon of deterrence, not a choice,” army spokesperson Asif Ghafoor said on state-run television. “They [India] must not remain in illusion.”