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If India Launches 1 Surgical Strike Inside Pakistan, It Will Face 10 In Response: Pak Army

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| October 14 , 2018 , 13:53 IST

After earlier batting for peace talks, Pakistan on Saturday warned India that if India conducts a single surgical strike in Pakistan, it will face 10 surgical strikes in response.

Pakistan Major General Asif Ghafoor, spokesperson of the military's Inter-Services Public Relations emphasised the threat against India during a statement to media in London, where he is accompanying Pakistan Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa on a visit.

"If India dares to launch a surgical strike inside Pakistan, it will face 10 surgical strikes in response," Ghafoor was quoted as saying by Radio Pakistan.

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"Those who think of any misadventure against us should have no doubt in their minds on Pakistan's capabilities," he added.

Ghafoor also termed the surgical strikes conducted by India in 2016 in response to the Uri attack as 'mythical', a stand which Pakistan has maintained despite India releasing video footage of the surgical strikes.

Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on September 24, days before the anniversary of the 2016 surgical strike on September 29, said that he believed there was need for another surgical strike.

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In conversation with a media channel, General Rawat said that there was need for another surgical strike on terror launch pads across the Line of Control (LoC).

"I believe there is a need for one more action (surgical strike). But I would not want to disclose how we want to do it," General Rawat said to India Today news channel.

"As long as the Pakistan government can't control its Army and the ISI [Inter-Services Intelligence], the situation at the border won't improve," he said.

The Army chief added that infiltration from across the border persists despite calls for ceasefire by Pakistan and stressed that this cannot be allowed to continue and appropriate action needs to be taken to deter terrorists from disrupting the peace in the Kashmir Valley.