Pakistan announces to respond to Indian aggression at the time and place of its choosing
ISLAMABAD - Pakistan will respond to the Indian attack at a time and place of its choosing, said the foreign minister.
A press briefing by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Finance Minister Asad Umar and Defence Minister Pervez Khattak on Tuesday rejected India’s claims that there was a terrorist camp in the area it attacked. “Not at all. There was no presence of any such nature,” Qureshi denied.
He briefed the media on the decisions made during the National Security Committee meeting and read out a statement from the meeting.
It was attended by all three minister and the heads of all three branches of the military, he said, adding that it strongly rejected the Indian claim of targeting a terrorist camp near Balakot and causing heavy casualties. The Indian government has once again resorted to self-servicing reckless and fictitious claims, he read.
Qureshi said the claim has been made for domestic consumption in light of the upcoming election. For this election, India is putting regional peace and stability at great risk, he said.
Domestic and international media will be taken to the site of the alleged attack and everyone will be able to see the claimed area of the strike, he said.
The helicopters are ready and if the weather permits they will be taken now, he said. He added that China’s leaders in Pakistan will be taken to bear witness to the violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and inform the UN and its own leadership of it.