Mumbai: Pakistan on Sunday warned India that it was ready to respond to any “audacity or aggression” by Indian forces, as the country’s top civilian and military leaders tensed with New Delhi during the National Security Committee meeting Discussed a sudden increase.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said after the National Security Committee (NSC) meeting by the army that India used cluster bombs to target civilian populations in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
The Indian Army on Saturday termed Pakistan’s allegations as ‘lies and deception’ that Indian soldiers used cluster bombs targeting civilians along the Line of Control.
A statement issued by the PM office after the meeting said that Pakistan is “ready to defend itself against any Indian audacity or aggression” and will continue to provide “diplomatic, moral and political support” to the people of Kashmir.
The meeting criticized “Indian actions as having adverse effects for regional and international peace”. Pakistan reiterated that Kashmir is a long unresolved international dispute that needs peaceful resolution. Therefore, Pakistan urged India to come forward to resolve the issue in line with the aspirations of the Kashmiri people.
It said that recently “building forces” have been adding “fuel to the fire”. The statement said, “The forum strongly condemned such an Indian strategy when Pakistan and the international community are focused on resolving the Afghan conflict.”
“Recent Indian measures will increase the level of violence and will turn this sector into a flashpoint and a volatile factor between two strategically competent neighbors,” he said. Prime Minister Khan said that India is completely disregarding international obligations and that the country’s “arrogance will only result in increasing the dynamics of conflict in the region.”
The NSC meeting was attended by Defence Minister Pervez Khattak, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Interior Minister Brig (Retd) Ijaz Shah, three services chiefs, chief of ISI and other senior officials.
(With PTI Inputs)