Byline: SHAFQAT ALI and Tahir Niaz
ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan military on Thursday said that Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat was attempting to divert attention from the citizenship law protests by issuing provocative statements and preparations for escalation along the LoC.
Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor took to Twitter to state that the escalation along the Line of Control threatened by the Indian army chief is an attempt to divert world's attention from the violent protests against the anti-Muslim law.
The DG ISPR said the provocative statements made by the Indian army chief regarding the preparations for escalation along the LoC are aimed at diverting the attention from the citizenship law passed by Modi government.
'Provocative statements and preparations for escalation along LoC by Indian army chief appear to be an effort, as usual, to divert world attention from widespread protests in India against CAB,' Asif Ghafoor tweeted, adding 'Pakistan Armed Forces shall befittingly respond to any Indian misadventure or aggression.'
The Indian army chief had, in a statement on Wednesday, said the situation along LoC could escalate anytime and the Indian army was maintaining high level of readiness to cater to different contingencies.
Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor also stated that the Pakistan Armed Forces will respond to any misadventure or aggression by the Indian army.
Taking the Indian threats seriously, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi yesterday gave a shut-up call to India after Indian army chief threatened of attack along LoC.
Qureshi said Pakistan Armed Forces were fully prepared to timely and appropriately respond to any Indian aggression or false-flag operation.
In a video message, he said the entire nation stands by its valiant Armed Forces. 'We are a peaceful nation but our desire for peace should not be misconstrued as a sign of weakness,' he said.
Qureshi warned 'We are a peace-loving nation but he (Narendra Modi) should not forget the February 27 (when Pakistan shot down two Indian aircraft and held a pilot).'
He termed the statement by Indian army chief...