Pakistan today said that it was fully prepared to defend itself in case of any “aggression” by India and asked New Delhi to stop blaming it without any concrete evidence.
Foreign Office spokesman Dr Mohammad Faisal made the comment while addressing a media briefing.
“If India is bent upon aggression, Pakistan is fully capable of defending itself. The Pakistani nation should not be taken for granted by anyone. If India wants peace then it should refrain from aggressive rhetoric with the sole objective of securing electoral wins,” he said.
He said India has a “kneejerk” tendency to assign unilateral blame without evidence and it also blamed Pakistan for “spy pigeons and worse” but Pakistan strongly rejects the allegations.
He said a similar tendency was shown after Sunjwan camp attack and certain Indian police and defence officials, and media insinuated against Pakistan.
He also rejected the comments of Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman by saying that “the familiar tendency of apportioning blame on Pakistan, without concrete evidence, is regrettable”.
Meanwhile, Pakistan’s Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan has said that India has not only wasted the opportunity for normalisation of ties with Islamabad but also restricted the space for peace through its “hostile” stance, according to a media report.
The defence minister made the comments yesterday while announcing a policy statement in the Senate, ‘Dawn News’ reported.
“The unremittingly hostile, anti-Pakistan stance by the current Indian government has drastically reduced the space for any advocacy of peace,” he said.
Khan noted that the Indian government also “wasted the opportunity for making peace at a time when a political consensus existed within Pakistan for improving relations with India”.
“Pakistan’s perception of threat from India is not reflex; it is based upon a thorough assessment of Indian capacity to threaten Pakistan’s military from an unprecedented forward position,” he said and reminded that “the threat is calculated on capacity, not intent”.