Pak Army will defend every inch of Pakistan: Jittery Raheel

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Chief of Army Staff Gen Raheel Sharif on Friday said the Army will defend “each and every inch” of Pakistan “no matter what the cost”, an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement said.

The all-powerful Pak Army chief, addressing officers at the National Counter-Terrorism Centre, said that Pakistan’s armed forces “have the capability to counter the complete threat spectrum”.

Pakistan media earlier reported that they fear India may be preparing to attack under its Cold Start Doctrine. All of the air traffic and flights from Islamabad to Northern areas were cancelled supposedly for a military exercise. Yesterday, a senior journalist in Pakistan has tweeted about US-made combat aircraft F-16s flying over Islamabad.

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Raheel said that Pakistan had, despite being a victim of terrorism for over a decade, been able to turn the tide against terrorism due to the nation’s resilience and the professionalism of its security forces.

The Pak Army chief’s strongly-worded statement comes at a time when regional tensions are soaring as Pakistan and India face off at the 71st United Nations General Assembly in New York over the Kashmir issue.

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in his address to the UN maintained that Pakistan wants ‘peace’ with India but it is “not possible without resolving the Kashmir issue”. The premier urged the UN to demilitarise Jammu and Kashmir and called for steps to implement UN Security Council resolutions on Kashmir.

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India, exercising its Right of Reply, levelled serious allegations against Pakistan in its rebuttal. “India sees in Pakistan a terrorist state that channelises billions of dollars, much of it diverted from international aid, to training, financing and supporting terrorist groups as militant proxies against it neighbours.” said Eenam Gambhir, First Secretary at India’s Permanent Mission to the UN.