BJP, Congress slam Pakistan Army chief Raheel Sharif’s remarks, says his comments immature

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September 8, 2015

New Delhi: BJP and Congress on Monday slammed Pakistan Army chief General Raheel Sharif over his provocative remarks targeting India, saying it showed the neighboring country's "immaturity" as it continues to "daydream" despite suffering defeats in the past.

September 8, 2015

New Delhi: BJP and Congress on Monday slammed Pakistan Army chief General Raheel Sharif over his provocative remarks targeting India, saying it showed the neighboring country's "immaturity" as it continues to "daydream" despite suffering defeats in the past.

BJP secretary Shrikant Sharma said it was an "empty boast" by Sharif, adding that his provocative comments were driven by desperation over Pakistan's internal crisis as well "exposure" of its role in sponsoring terrorism in India.

Speaking at an event, Sharif had called Kashmir an "unfinished agenda" and warned India of "unbearable damage" in case of a "long or short" misadventure by the "enemy".

Terming his remarks as "belligerent and irrational", Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said the only unfinished agenda before the world was to ensure that Pakistan ceases to be a safe harbour for global terrorists. He noted that Pakistan was imploding as well exploding both politically and economically.

Recalling Pakistan's previous "humiliations" in its wars with India, BJP secretary Sidharth Nath Singh said its army's misadventure in 1965 received a befitting reply and it was humiliated in 1971 war and later during Kargil war.

"If still the Pakistan Army chief wishes to daydream, it just goes to show Pakistan's immaturity in dealing with India," he said. "As far India is concerned, our army has strongly responded to Pakistan army's provocations in the past, continues to do so during the ongoing ceasefire violations and will do so in case of any future misadventure," Sharma said.

Warning India of "unbearable damage" in case of a war, Pakistan's army chief General Raheel Sharif had said his troops are ready to tackle any long or short misadventure by the "enemy".

"Let me reiterate that our armed forces stand fully capable to defeat all sorts of external aggression. If the enemy ever resorts to any misadventure, regardless of its size and scale – short or long – it will have to pay an unbearable cost," he had said in his address at a special event organised by army at its Headquarters in Rawalpindi on Sunday to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1965 war with India.

The remarks were a pointed response to a statement by Indian army chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag who had said last week that Indian army was prepared for "swift, short nature of future wars".

"Armed forces of Pakistan are fully capable of dealing with all types of internal and external threats, may it be conventional or sub-conventional; whether it is cold start or hot start. We are ready," Sharif had said. This time, the reference was towards India's cold start doctrine of war.

Terming Kashmir as "unfinished agenda of partition", he had said that it should be resolved according to UN resolution which calls for plebiscite to decide its future. He had also warned that Kashmir cannot be out in the back-burner.

The remarks come against the backdrop of heightened tensions and cross-border firing between Indian and Pakistani troops along the LoC recently.


Courtesy: PTI