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We Are 2 Nuclear Powers, No Space For War With India, Says Pakistan Army

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| June 5 , 2018 , 08:20 IST

The chief of Pakistan army’s media wing, Major General Asif Ghafoor addressing a press conference on Monday said that there was "no space for war" with India as "we are two nuclear powers" but the Pakistan army would be compelled to retaliate if Indian troops targeted civilian populations.

“DGMO has given an undertaking to his Indian counterpart about respecting the 2003 ceasefire agreement and Pakistan army is committed to adhere to it. But we will give a befitting response if Indian army targets our civilian population,” Ghafoor, the head of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.

“The Indians have to realise and understand where they want to go (in the future)…We are two nuclear powers and there is no space for war,” he added.

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Pakistan, he said, is “willing to ignore the first shot that is fired from the Indian side, provided it does not result in a casualty on our side”, but “the second shot would be responded in kind”.

Ghafoor further accused India of targeting civilians on the Pakistan side, “while we responded and targeted (their) forces” and that the situation “was not tenable”.

The press conference took place after an unscheduled flag meeting between officers of India's Border Security Force (BSF) and Pakistan Rangers on Monday where the two forces agreed to restore peace “by holding fire”.

In a meeting between the Directors General of Military Operations of India and Pakistan on May 29, an agreement was reached to fully implement the 2003 ceasefire pact along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir. However, merely days later on June 3 Pakistan violated ceasefire, killing 2 BSF soldiers.