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'We are not preparing for war, but you are sending threats': Pakistan Army tells India

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Islamabad, Feb 22: A day after Prime Minister Imran Khan authorised the military to respond "decisively" to any aggression by India, Pakistan Army's Major General Asif Ghafoor on Friday said that Islamabad is not preparing for war, but it was India that is sending threats.

Ghafoor further said that Pakistan has the right to retaliate if its national sovereignty is at stake, adding, "Hope you don't mess with us."

File photo of Pakistan Armys Major General Asif Ghafoor

"We are not preparing for war. It's you (India) who is sending war threats. We are not preparing for initiating a war but we have a right to respond to the war threats from your side," news agency quoted Director General of Inter-Services Public Relations, Major General Asif Ghafoor, as saying at a press briefing.

[Imran Khan chairs NSC meeting, authorises army to 'respond decisively' to Indian aggression]

He also reportedly said that the 'battle-hardened' Pakistani army would retaliate in case of any threat.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday chaired the National Security Council meeting in which he authorised the military to respond "decisively" to any aggression by India.

The meeting was convened to discuss the country's security situation in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack by a suicide bomber of the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad terror group that killed 40 CRPF soldiers last week in Jammu and Kashmir.

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