‘Pak. fully prepared to meet military challenge from India’

September 24, 2016 01:52 am | Updated November 01, 2016 08:30 pm IST - Islamabad:

Defence sources were quoted as saying that a plan was ready and targets had been finalised for response

Pakistani defence forces have readied an “operational plan” to give a befitting response to any “misadventure from war-mongering India” and targets in India have also been selected for an immediate quid pro quo, a Pakistani daily said on Friday quoting defence sources.

Amid the rise in bilateral temperatures, the daily quoted defence sources as saying, “Pakistan is fully prepared to meet any military challenge from India. Our operational plan is ready, quid pro quo targets are finalised and forces have been dedicated.”

The sources said Pakistan would not digest any aggression from India, The News reported. “India is well aware of our capabilities and knows the fact that despite the Pakistan Army’s participation in internal security issues, a military balance is well maintained to meet any challenge from across the border.”

“Whether it is a Cold Start or hot pursuit, we are ready,” a defence source said, when asked about India’s reported preparations to attack selected targets in Pakistan under the Cold Start war doctrine.

The sources quoted by the daily said Islamabad would not tolerate air space violation or ground attack. In case of a surgical attack from India, Pakistan would respond immediately, and, for that targets have been set.

Proxy attack

The sources said in view of Pakistan’s defence capabilities and knowing well how Pakistan could respond, India might not go beyond the war hysteria it had created. They also said that there were reports that India might go for a ‘terrorist attack’ in Balochistan through its proxies while using Afghan soil.

Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly, Syed Khurshid Shah, has said war between Pakistan and India is not in the interest of anyone. — IANS

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