Rawalpindi, September 19 (NIA): With Indian leaders and the India media discussing retaliatory strikes against Pakistan after the terrorist attack on the Indian army’s administrative base in Uri in Kashmir on Sunday, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) of the Pakistan army, Gen Raheel Sharif, met the Corps Commander’s here on Monday.
The conference provided an in-depth review of the external and internal security situation and operational preparedness of the armed forces,
At the end of it, Gen.Sharif told his fellow commanders that the army is “fully prepared to respond to the entire spectrum of direct and indirect threats” from India.
He said the army is closely watching the latest developments in the region and their impact on national security. He expressed satisfaction over the operational preparedness of the Army.
“Pakistan’s armed forces together with their resilient nation have surmounted every challenge and will thwart any sinister design against integrity and sovereignty of the country in future as well,” the COAS said.
On Sunday, India’s Home Minister Rajnath Singh termed Pakistan a ‘terrorist state’ in an anti-Pakistan rant, hours after suspected militants attacked an Indian army base in India-held Kashmir (IHK).
Rajnath’s vitriol comes as Pakistan and India gear up for a showdown at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session starting Monday.
Pakistan is preparing to “forcefully” highlight the situation in Indian occupied Kashmir at the UN session, whereas India intends to counter Pakistan’s stance by raising the Balochistan issue, arguing that the Baloch are also seeking independence from Pakistan and deserve international support.
India is also backing Baloch activists to hold a demonstration outside the UN headquarters during the prime minister’s speech.
Both Pakistan and India are trying to persuade the US to support their respective positions. The US, however, appears to have decided not to take sides.