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Pak Foreign Minister Says Indian Army Chief Rawat's Comments Might Lead to Nuclear War

“Very irresponsible statement by Indian Army Chief,not befitting his office. Amounts to invitation for nuclear encounter.If that is what they desire,they are welcome to test our resolve.The general's doubt would swiftly be removed, inshallah (sic),” tweeted Asif.

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Updated:January 14, 2018, 10:15 AM IST
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Pak Foreign Minister Says Indian Army Chief Rawat's Comments Might Lead to Nuclear War
File image of Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif. (Reuters)
New Delhi: Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif has said that Indian Army Chief Bipin Rawat's comments on Pakistan's 'bluff' amounts to 'invitation for nuclear encounter'.

“Very irresponsible statement by Indian Army Chief,not befitting his office. Amounts to invitation for nuclear encounter.If that is what they desire,they are welcome to test our resolve.The general's doubt would swiftly be removed, inshallah (sic),” tweeted Asif.

Pakistan's Director General of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor also termed the Indian army chief's statement as "irresponsible" and "unbecoming" of a four-star general.

"Should they [India] wish to test our resolve they may try and see it for themselves. We have a credible nuclear capability exclusive[ly] meant for threat[s] from [the] East," said Maj Gen. Ghafoor to PTV World.

On Friday, Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said the force was ready to call Pakistan's "nuclear bluff" and cross the border to carry out any operation if asked by the government.

"We will call the (nuclear) bluff of Pakistan. If we will have to really confront the Pakistanis, and a task is given to us, we are not going to say we cannot cross the border because they have nuclear weapons. We will have to call their nuclear bluff," Gen. Rawat said.

He was responding to a question during a press conference on the possibility of Pakistan using its nuclear weapons in case the situation along the border deteriorates.

In reply to another question, he had said that India and the US were deliberating on a proposal to appoint military liaison officers at each other's combatant commands.

"We are examining various dimensions of the proposal," he claimed.
| Edited by: Aditya Nair
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