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Indian Army Chief's Statement Amounts To Invitation For Nuclear Encounter, Says Pakistan

DIVYIA ASTHANA | 0
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| January 14 , 2018 , 08:18 IST

Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat has been known for making bold statements, and a recent statement he made regarding calling out Pakistan's "nuclear bluff" appears to have struck a chord with the neighbouring nation. Pakistan's top civil and military leaders responded to Army Chief Rawat's statements with threats of nuclear encounters.

Pakistan foreign minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif in a tweet termed General Rawat's statement as amounting to an invitation for a nuclear encounter.

“Very irresponsible statement by Indian Army Chief, not befitting his office. 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,” Asif tweeted.

The Spokesperson of Pakistan's Foreign Affairs Ministry, Dr Mohammad Faisal in a tweet said that the Indian Army Chief's statements are representative of a "sinister mindset" that has taken hold of India.

"The threatening and irresponsible statement by the Indian Army Chief today is representative of a sinister mindset that has taken hold of India. Pakistan has demonstrated deterrence capability," Dr Faisal tweeted.

"These are not issues to be taken lightly. There must not be any misadventure based on miscalculation. Pakistan is fully capable of defending itself," he added.

Pakistan Army spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor reiterated the threats of a nuclear strike.

"Should they [India] wish to test our resolve they may try and see it for themselves. We have a credible nuclear capability exclusive[ly] meant for threat[s] from [the] East," Ghafoor said to state-run PTV World.

Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat in a press conference called Pakistan's nuclear arsenal a "bluff" which triggered the backlash from Pakistan.

“We will call the (nuclear) bluff of Pakistan. If we will have to really confront the Pakistanis, and a task is given to us, we are not going to say we cannot cross the border because they have nuclear weapons. We will have to call their nuclear bluff," General Rawat had said on Friday.