Pakistan Foreign Office responds to the Indian Army Chief statement

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Pakistan Foreign Office responds to the Indian Army Chief statement

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office has responded back to the Indian Army Chief provocative statement regarding strike inside Pakistan and over Pakistan nukes calling it a bluff.

Foreign Office on Thursday, reacting to the recent statement by the Indian army chief, termed it as anirresponsible and provocative statement which was regrettable.

The spokesperson said the statement by India's top soldier reflects the jingoistic mindset of India, which "can further exacerbate the already vitiated environment".

The Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, who, according to Indian media outlets, had said the force was ready to call Pakistan's 'nuclear bluff' and cross the border to carry out any operation if asked by the government.

"We will call the [nuclear] bluff of Pakistan. If we will have to really confront, and a task is given to us, we are not going to say we cannot cross the border because they have nuclear weapons. We will have to call their nuclear bluff," Gen Rawat said at a press conference.

"Indian falsified claims and belligerent statements are motivated by an exaggerated view of its own capacities and hegemonic designs. India's mistaken belief and irresponsible rhetoric are fraught with unforeseen dangers in an already volatile strategic environment," said the FO in its weekly briefing.