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Added on : 2019-02-22 17:03:34

Speaking to the media to discuss the situation that has emerged after Pulwama attack, the military spokesman said India blamed Pakistan after a man in Occupied Kashmir killed Indian soldiers in Pulwama. Major General Asif Ghafoor, DG ISPR, Pakistan Army on talks in India that Pakistan is preparing for war: We're not preparing for war. It's you(India) who is sending war threats. We're not preparing for initiating a war but we have a right to respond to the war threats from your side.

DG ISPR said, there are two senior Pakistan army officials under military custody on the charges of espionage. Army Chief has ordered their court-martial. It is in process. Both are individual cases, there is no link between the two cases. He said Indian government should seek an explanation from its security forces before blaming cross border elements for attacks in Occupied Kashmir or on its own territory. He said how can such elements cross the border in the presence of strict security arrangements on the Line of Control (LoC). He said the attacker was a resident of Occupied Kashmir and the brutality of Indian military compelled the suicide bomber to react violently.

"Pakistan is changing, we have suffered a lot in the war on terror. We helped international forces inside Afghanistan," Major General Asif Ghafoor said. Talking about Indian threats, Ghafoor said: "You (India) shall not be able to surprise us. We will surprise you," the DG ISPR said while referring to reports that India was preparing for a war. He said Pakistan invites India to hold dialogue to resolve issues including Kashmir.

"You are the biggest democracy; two democracies do not fight. You are a secular country. Why should such circumstances be created where minorities are not safe," he said? Answering a question, he said, "We are not preparing for war, but we have to be prepared to respond".

Asked about Iranian allegations, he said the western neighbor was brotherly, friendly country and Pakistan was also talking to Iran for border fencing so that no third party is able to exploit the situation. He said Former former DG ISI Asad Durrani has been found guilty of violating military code conduct, a reference to former spymaster's book which he co-authored with ex-chief of India's RAW.  The ISPR DG also confirmed that two Military officers are under arrest for espionage and the Army Chief General Qamar Bajwa has ordered court partial against them.

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