India may ‘test our resolve’ if it desires: Asif

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif yesterday said that India may test Pakistan’s resolve if that is what it wishes to do. The foreign minister was responding to a recent statement by the Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, who, according to Indian media outlets, had said the force was ready to call Pakistan’s ‘nuclear bluff’ and cross the border to carry out any operation if asked by the government.

“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,” tweeted Asif.

Spokesperson of the Foreign Office Dr Mohammad Faisal also termed the Indian army chief’s statement as “irresponsible.”

“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,” tweeted Dr Faisal. The foreign office spokesperson further said that Pakistan is ‘fully capable of defending itself’. —Agencies

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