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We are planning to defend, not start a war: Pak army

Feb 24, 2019
RAWALPINDI: The Pakistan Army on Friday said that the country does not wish for war, but was only planning to defend itself in case of a surprise attack from across the border, and "retaliate which is our right.”

Addressing a press conference, Director-General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor said that India blamed Pakistan for the Pulwama attack "without due investigation."

The Army spokesman was speaking in the backdrop of the terror strike by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad in Pulwama on February 14 and the widespread criticism of Pakistan harbouring terrorists. The Pulwama terror attack had claimed the lives of 40 CRPF soldiers.

"We are not preparing for war, you are issuing threats...we have right to respond to the threats. We are not preparing to initiate but planning to defend and retaliate which is our right,” the Army spokesman said.

He warned that military response this time will be different in case of war. “We are not the army of past, we are a battle-hardened army. We have fought against an unseen enemy and won ... We can respond to full spectrum threat ... “I hope you get and do not mess with Pakistan”, he warned.

He claimed the Pulwama attack showed the "failure" of Indian security forces.

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