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Pak Gen. Promises Reaction to “Any Indian Misadventure” will be “Stronger” than that of February

ISLAMABAD – Hostile relations between Pakistan and India further exacerbated earlier this week following Islamabad’s suspension of diplomatic and trade relations with New Delhi following the latter’s decision to revoke Article 370 of the Constitution granting a special status to the disputed region of Jammu and Kashmir.
Any “Indian misadventure” will provoke a reaction “stronger than that of February 27, 2019,” said the director general of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Asif Ghafoor.
The chief spokesman of the Pakistani armed forces was responding to a tweet broadcast via the official account of the Chinar Corps, an infantry formation of the Indian Army responsible for military operations in the Kashmir Valley.
The tweet quoted the Chinar Corps Commander, General KJS Dhillon, as saying that Pakistan “openly threatened some incidents” in Kashmir.
The fierce exchange took place shortly after the renewed escalation of tensions between India and Pakistan, with New Delhi deciding to abolish Article 370 of its Constitution (which grants a special status to the disputed Jammu-and-Kashmir).
Citing the threat of cross-border terrorism, Indian Interior Minister Amit Shah also announced that Jammu and Kashmir would be divided into two territories: Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, and would be under direct control of Indian central government.
The decision was criticized by Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Mehmood Qureshi, in violation of the UN resolution on the status of Kashmir.
In addition, New Delhi has deployed 28000 troops to the Pakistan border to enhance security in the Indian occupied part of Kashmir, in a context of “unprecedented escalation,” according to local media reports.
The picturesque valley of Kashmir has been a flash point between the two South Asian giants since the independence of Britain in 1947. Even though they only control part of it, the two countries claim the whole region. Over the past 70 years, the two states have been unable to resolve the dispute and have waged two wars in addition to sporadic gunfire along the de facto border.
The long-standing tensions between India and Pakistan have worsened further following a suicide bomber attack on 14 February 2019.
New Delhi accused Islamabad of providing safe heaven for terrorists and retaliated by organizing an air raid on an alleged terrorist camp on 26 February. Pakistan has rejected these claims.
On February 27, Islamabad claimed to have shot down two Indian warplanes over the LoC and captured an Indian pilot, who had been released a few days later.
New Delhi confirmed the arrest of the pilot and the loss of only one of his aircraft, after making a cross-claim that the IAF had shot down an F-16 from the Pakistan Air Force. In order to justify its arguments, the Indian Army presented fragments of an AMRAAM medium-range missile, found in the Indian-controlled part of Kashmir, allegedly fired by the US fighter.
The Pakistani side has categorically refused to deploy F-16s for air combat or to sustain casualties, Asif Durrani, Pakistan’s former ambassador to Iran and the UAE, says the PAF had used JF-17 Thunder.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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