Pak Army Chief Warns India Of Unbearable Damage In War

7 September 2015
The Tribune (Chandigarh)

Islamabad: Calling Kashmir an 'unfinished agenda', Pakistan Army Chief General Raheel Sharif has warned India of 'unbearable damage' in case of a 'long or short' misadventure by the 'enemy'. In response, New Delhi said the country 'was capable of taking every sort of action when needed'. Though General Sharif did not name India in a speech at the Army headquarters yesterday, the reference was obvious as his remarks came against a statement by Indian Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag who said last week that the Indian Army was prepared for 'swift, short nature of future wars'. 'We are acutely aware that the short and swift nature of future wars is likely to offer limited warning time It calls for maintaining high levels of operational preparedness at all times, something that has now become inherent in our operational strategy,' General Suhag had said. In his address at a special event in Rawalpindi to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1965 war with India, General Sharif said, 'Let me reiterate that our armed forces stand fully capable to defeat all sorts of external aggression. If the enemy ever resorts to any misadventure, regardless of its size and scale - short or long - it will have to pay an unbearable cost.' Reacting to General Sharif's statement, Union Minister and former Indian Army Chief VK Singh said, 'Many people have this habit of talking nonsense. We should not pay attention to everything. Let people say whatever they want, India is capable of taking every sort of action when needed.' 'Armed forces of Pakistan are fully capable of dealing with all types of internal and external threats, may it be conventional or sub-conventional; whether it is cold start or hot start. We are ready,' General Sharif said. He also termed Kashmir as 'unfinished agenda of Partition' and said it should be resolved according to UN resolution which calls for plebiscite to decide its future. He also warned that Kashmir could not be kept on the back-burner. The remarks come against the backdrop of heightened tensions and cross-border firing between Indian and Pakistani troops along the LoC recently.