Islamabad: While responding to the Indian army chief's 'nuclear bluff' statement about Pakistan, Director General of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor warned India against any misadventure, asserting that the country's nuclear weapons were exclusively meant to foil any threat originating from the east.
He said such statements were inappropriate from a person of a responsible stature. We believe COAS is a very responsible appointment and four-star is a rank with age-long experience and maturity.
The Pakistan Army's response came after Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat's remark that the force was ready to call Pakistan's 'nuclear bluff' and cross the border to carry out any operation if asked by the government.
To a question about India's possible misadventure against Pakistan, Major General Asif Ghafoor said, 'it’s their choice. Should they wish to test our resolve they may try and see it for themselves. We have a credible nuclear capability exclusive meant for threat from east. But we believe it's a weapon of deterrence not a choice.'
To another question about New Delhi's role in destabilising Pakistan through state-sponsored terrorism, Major General Asif Ghafoor said if India could overpower Pakistan through conventional engagement post-overt nuclearization, it could have done that by now.
He said the only thing stopping India was Pakistan’s credible nuclear deterrence as there was no space of war between the two nuclear states.
That’s why they are targeting us through sub conventional threat and state sponsored terrorism. But they have failed on this account as well. We are a professional army, responsible nuclear state and resilient nation. They must not remain in illusion, he warned.
Well, it's their choice. Should they wish to test our resolve they may try and see it for themselves, Major General Asif Ghafoor said.