India should keep in mind February 27 before becoming involved in any aggression against Pakistan, says Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor the Director-General of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), has warned India against misadventure on Wednesday.
Addressing a press conference at the General Headquarters on the situation in occupied Kashmir, Maj. General Asif told the people of Indian-occupied Kashmir that the Pakistani armed forces were standing by them and will go to any length to protect their land.
He said that Pakistan will respond with full force if India carries out any false flag operation or any misadventure along the Line of Control.
“I want to give this message to Kashmiris that we stand by you and will continue to do so. It is sad that your independence struggle was presented as terrorism,” he said.
“Kashmir is our jugular vein and we will go to any lengths to protect it.”
Maj. Gen Asif started the presser by talking about the situation in Indian-occupied Kashmir and its effect on national security.
He said Pakistan’s geographical situation cannot be ignored by regional countries or world powers.
“India is a country with a huge population, a follower of Hitler is in power [there]. The world community has interests in India.
“Then there is China, an emerging world power. China has issues with India as well but their economic relations with India are stable. Afghanistan has seen nothing but war, martyrdom, and loss of lives,” he added.
He further added that Pakistan has good relations with Iran but due to the situation in the Middle East, Iran is facing some problems. “But Iran has a huge role in regional peace,” he said.
Speaking about the recent tensions with India over occupied Kashmir, DGISPR said, “We have avoided escalation”.
He said Prime Minister Imran Khan in his first speech after taking office had extended an offer of dialogue to India “in response to which they sent in two warplanes and received a fitting reply”.
“Nuclear countries have no room for war,” the military’s spokesperson said.
“No step by Indian authorities that does not lead to the self-determination of Kashmiris is acceptable to us,” Maj Gen Ghafoor said.
At the same time, he added, “Any isolated step by us that might take the attention away from Kashmir issue will be cruelty to them.
“Armies protect a nation’s sovereignty. When that is threatened, warfighting becomes a compulsion instead of a choice. It is up to India and the rest of the world.
“How can you think that we can do a deal over Kashmir? we have not agreed to do that in 72 years, why would we do that now?” the ISPR chief said.
Maj Gen Ghafoor’s press conference was held amidst heightened tensions between India and Pakistan following the Indian government’s decision to unilaterally revoke Article 370 of its constitution, which has granted special autonomy to occupied Kashmir.
In the Indian occupied Kashmir, communications blackout and heavy restrictions on movement imposed by the Indian authorities from the eve of this development has entered in 31st day today.