Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has said that Pakistan will retaliate against the recent surgical strikes in Pakistan by India. Sharif had made the statement following an emergency cabinet meeting on Friday about the “deteriorating situation” in Kashmir.
According to reports, while addressing the cabinet, Sharif had said that Pakistan is ready for any situation. He then gave Pakistan Armed Forces full authority to retaliate ‘Indian provocation’ at the Line of control (LoC).
Sharif had also paid his condolences to the two Pakistani soldiers, killed in Indian aggression. The two were killed on Thursday after clashes with Indian troops on the de-facto border between the two countries.
Sharif claimed that this was an attempt to divert attention from the current unrest in the valley of Kashmir.
“We will continue to support our Kashmiri brothers with the full force of diplomacy and moral support,” Sharif said.
The Indian army said it had conducted “surgical attacks” in the disputed region to foil a “terrorist attack,” according to India’s Director General of Military Operations.
But Pakistan insisted that no incursion had taken place into the territory it controls, saying there had only been an exchange of fire. It promised a “forceful response” if there was a repeat of the operation.
The incident comes less than two weeks after 18 Indian soldiers were killed in an attack by armed militants on an army base in Uri, about 63 miles (102 kilometers) from Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir.
It was one of the deadliest attacks to take place on an army base in Kashmir since militant attacks began in the late 1980s, and sparked a furious war of words between India and Pakistan.