Pakistan warns India against any 'misadventure', proposes talks

Tensions have risen in the days following a suicide attack in Indian-administered Kashmir.


Pakistan's military warned India on Friday against any "misadventure", saying it was capable of responding to any threats as tensions continue to simmer between the countries.

"We hope you will not mess up with us," military spokesman Major-General Asif Ghafoor told a Press briefing in Rawalpindi, the second strong message Pakistan has sent to New Delhi in as many days. He said threats and reports of war were coming from the Indian side.

Tensions have risen in the days following a suicide attack in Indian-administered Kashmir. There have been calls in India for retaliation, and Pakistan has threatened to respond in kind.

"We don't want to go into war with India but if India initiates any aggression, they will never be able to surprise us," Ghafoor said.

"I want to assure India that we will surprise you," he said. "Let me make it clear that we will defend every inch of our country till the last breath and last bullet".

Giving details of the Pulwama incident, the ISPR DG said on February 14, a Kashmiri youth targeted Indian security forces, following which India started levelling allegations against Pakistan without any thought or proof.

Contrary to this, he said, Pakistan took time to respond as it wanted to investigate the allegations first. He said Prime Minister Imran Khan had asked India to share actionable evidence if it had any.

He said that Indian security forces had a multi-layered defence system on Line of Control (LoC) and infiltration was not possible, adding that the incident had taken place miles away from the LoC in which a local vehicle and Indian security forces' explosives were used.

The attack was carried out by a youngster from Indian-administered Kashmir who was mistreated by Indian security forces some times ago, he added.

The DG ISPR said that even in India people had been predicting such incidents as the Indian government was preparing for next elections and wanted something to blame Pakistan to secure local votes. "People in Indian media and social media had predicted that an attack like this was possible before elections."

He said when the Pulwama incident took place many important events were taking place, including the visit of the Saudi crown prince.

"How would Pakistan benefit from the Pulwama attack in light of these events?" he question.

The military's reaction came a day after Prime Minister Imran Khan authorised the armed forces to "respond decisively and comprehensively" to any Indian threat.

Imran offered full cooperation to India in investigating the blast. He also offered talks with India on all issues, including terrorism.

Ghafoor also reiterated the talks offer. "Kashmir is a regional issue," he said. "Let us talk about it. Let us resolve it."

Meanwhile, the interior ministry on Friday announced that authorities had seized control of a complex believed to be the Jaish-e-Mohammed group's headquarters.

"Punjab provincial government has taken over control of a campus comprising a seminary and a mosque in Bahawalpur, reportedly the headquarters of JeM," an interior ministry spokesman said in a statement.

"The action was taken in line with the decision of the National Security Committee", which met on Thursday.