Islamabad - Series of threatening statements against Pakistan by the Indian politicians evoked strong reaction on Wednesday with stern warning coming from the military’s top brass that Pakistan will defeat their designs and defend its territorial integrity at any cost.

A Formation Commanders’ Conference held in Rawalpindi with Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif in the chair warned India of a befitting response to any misadventure against Pakistan.

Taking strong exception to a series of threatening statements from Indian high-ups, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the conference made it clear that Pakistan is ready to defeat Indian ‘designs’ and defend the territorial integrity in the event of any misadventure.

The warning from the top military commanders came hours after Indian Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore warned that Indian strikes in Myanmar were a message to all countries, including Pakistan and groups harbouring ‘terror intent’ that India would strike at the ‘place and time’ of its choosing.

“The conference took serious notice of the recent Indian hostile rhetoric coupled with covert and overt actions to destabilise Pakistan,” an ISPR statement said. It regarded the statements as highly regrettable and said the Indian politicians not only indulge in actions that are in violation of the UN Charter but also take pride in claiming their interference in the internal affairs of other states.

During his recent visit to Bangladesh, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi not only accused Pakistan of spreading terrorism in India but also admitted that India had played a part in the break-up of Pakistan in 1971.

According to the statement, the forum was given comprehensive briefing on security environment and professional issues. The conference was attended by Corps Commanders, Principal Staff Officers and all Formation Commanders.

The army chief while recounting the successes of security forces in Operation Zarb-e-Azb, paid rich tributes to the officers and men for phenomenal successes in the operation and sacrifices they have rendered for the defence of the motherland.

He said, terrorists have been cleared and dislodged from their strongholds in North Waziristan and Khyber Agency and fight now is moving into last few pockets close to Afghan border. Laying emphasis on continuation of operations till elimination of the last expected and probable terrorists groups and sanctuaries, he exhorted commanders to take all measures to prevent escape of trapped terrorists.

“With entire nation standing behind, we will remain focused on achieving the objective of a terror free and peaceful Pakistan,” the army chief said. Underscoring Pakistan’s multiple and complicated challenges, General Raheel expressed his optimism, saying that the nation is the most resilient nation in the world and is already on its way to emerge victorious out of these testing times.”Our main collective aim is to make Pakistan a secure, strong and prosperous country.

On their part, senior ministers of the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s cabinet earlier the same day (Wednesday) also deplored the Indian threatening statements while the government has also decided to move a resolution in the parliament to condemn the Indian statements against Pakistan including the statement of Premier Modi.

Prime Minister’s Adviser on National Security and Foreign Affairs in a policy statement in the Senate urged the international community and the United Nations to take notice of the statement of Indian prime minister. Aziz said Modi’s statement was an open admission at the highest level to support terrorism in a neighbouring country and UN should take notice of it as the Indians have also violated international laws at the highest level.

Defence Minister Khawaja Asif in a separate statement said Indian prime minister’s statement was picking on old wounds and soured the atmosphere for peace talks between the two countries. He said the government would defend the nation and if India spoke about teaching Pakistan a lesson, Pakistan was capable of teaching India a lesson as well. He said if India resorted to any provocation, Pakistan would provide a befitting reply. He however said Pakistan did not want to ruin regional peace.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has categorically stated that Pakistani security forces are fully capable to respond and avert to any foreign aggression. In a reaction to the statement of the Indian state minister, Nisar said it should be clear to India that Pakistan is not Myanmar. He said Indian leaders should stop day dreaming as their dreams will not turn true. He said that India’s nefarious designs will not succeed.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also informed the UN Secretary General of Indian aggressive statements in his meeting with him on the sidelines of an international conference held in Tajikistan on Tuesday.

FORCES KILL FIVE

TERRORISTS IN NWA

INP adds: At least five terrorists were killed in an exchange of firing after they attacked security forces during search operation here on Wednesday.

Sources said that security forces conducted operation against militants in Syedgai area of North Waziristan Agency (NWA) near Pak-Afghan border.

During operation the terrorists hiding in the area started firing at security force which led to an exchange of fire.

In cross firing five terrorists were killed while others managed to escape leaving behind bodies of their accomplice which were taken into possession by security forces.