Pakistan PM, military chiefs vow to teach India a ‘lesson’


Pakistan on Thursday stepped up its anti-India rant with the military chiefs, including outgoing Army chief General Raheel Sharif, threatening that the armed forces were capable of teaching India "a lesson" if the border tension escalates.

Just days ahead of his retirement, General Sharif said that India had staged a "drama" of surgical strikes. "If India conducts a surgical strike we will give such a lesson that will be taught in India Army courses," according to an ISPR statement.

The comments from the army chief, who is on his farewell tour, came a day after Pakistan claimed that 13 people, including three soldiers, were killed in Indian firing along the Line of Control.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also convened a high-level meeting to review the situation at the Line of Control, as Pakistan's Air Chief of Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman and Naval Chief Admiral Zakaullah joined in hitting out at India.

Pakistan has shown utmost restraint in the face of Indian belligerence and will not tolerate India's "deliberate targeting" of civilians and ambulances, Nawaz Sharif was quoted as saying in a statement from the Prime Ministers House.

"We cannot tolerate deliberate targeting of innocent civilians, particularly children and women, the ambulances and the civilian transport," Nawaz Sharif said.

"Pakistan has exercised maximum restraint despite the continuing ceasefire violations from the Indian side," the Prime Minister said.

The Prime Minister called upon the international community to play its active role in defusing tension between the two nations, "which has been deliberately escalated by the Indian side", said the statement.

The meeting reasoned that India was attempting to occupy the consideration of the global group "from the grave human rights infringement, slaughters and barbarities being submitted by the Indian security powers" in Kashmir, it said. 

In a related advancement, Pakistan's Air Chief of Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman said the nation's military were "not stressed over India by any means". 

Talking at the International Defense Exhibition and Seminar (IDEAS) in Karachi, the head of air staff additionally approached India to determine the Kashmir issue, saying: "They ought to talk on matters of guideline and our ties will make strides." 

In the interim, Naval Chief Admiral Zakaullah likewise joined the other two military boss and said that the reaction that Pakistan Navy provided for India (when it pursued an Indian Submarine a week ago) has fulfilled the general population. "I am likewise fulfilled." 

Terminating trades and a biting discretionary war between the two neighbors have heightened after the September 18 slaughtering of 19 Indian officers in a dread assault on an armed force base in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir.