Pak's audacity? Ahead of FS Jaishankar's visit, Pak Army Chief threatens India

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New Delhi, Feb 27: It is common sight that Pakistan never leaves any chance to corner India. Despite recent spurt in ceasefire violations from their side, Pakistan Army is putting onus on India.

Days before foreign Secretary S Jaishankar's visit to Islamabad, Pakistan's Army Chief General Raheel Sharif has warned India of a "befitting response to provocation" along the Line of Control (LoC).

Pak Army Chief threatens India

"Let there be no doubt that any provocation along LoC and Working Boundary will meet a befitting response," a statement by the Pakistan army quoted General Sharif as saying on Thursday.

"Repeated Indian ceasefire violations on the Working Boundary and the LoC in recent past were a distraction for Pakistan from campaign versus terrorism and it affects regional stability," the statement said.

Military spokesman Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa said that the Army Chief made the comments while visiting areas affected by cross border firing near Sialkot and met troops and residents. Pakistan and India have traded heavy fire in the area in recent months.

Mr Jaishankar will travel to Islamabad on March 3 for a two-day visit, seven months after India canceled foreign secretary-level talks over the Pakistani envoy's consultations with Kashmiri separatists.

Putting all the differences aside, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had called up his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif, ahead of world cup cricket matches.

Showing proof of Pakistan's audaciousness, Modi government recently informed Rajya Sabha that there were a total of 685 ceasefire violations along the India-Pakistan Border in Jammu and Kashmir from June of last year to January this year.


(with inputs from PTI)

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