In a fresh anti-India tirade, Pakistan's Defence Minister Khawaja Asif has threatened to use nuclear weapons in case of war with India, saying his country has not made atomic device to display in a showcase, reported The Hans India. "We will destroy India if it dares to impose war on us. Pakistan army is fully prepared to answer any misadventure of India," the defence minister told private TV channel SAMAA. He was replying to a question about India's intention to carry out surgical strike in Pakistan. "We have not made atomic device to display in a showcase. If such a situation arises we will use it and eliminate India," Asif said the channel. He said Pakistan Air Force is ready to give a befitting response to India if it violates Pakistan's airspace. The Pakistani minister claimed that the "entire world knows now that India is not as serious about resolving the Kashmir dispute as Pakistan is". He claimed India has not received support from anywhere despite launching a diatribe against Pakistan and added that China had, on the other hand, supported Pakistan's viewpoint. Asif also alleged that the assault on an Indian army base in Uri that killed 18 soldiers was a 'plan devised by India itself'. Maintaining that no proof implicating Pakistan in the Uri attack had surfaced yet, Asif told DawnNews that "it was evident the attack was a plan devised by India itself." He claimed that India "orchestrated Uri attack to divert the attention of the world from the Kashmir issue". India has said it has evidence showing involvement of Pakistan-based terrorists in the Uri attack and demanded that Islamabad refrain from supporting and sponsoring terrorism directed against this country. One of the four terrorists involved in the Uri attack has been identified as Hafiz from Muzaffarabad in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. Commenting on a bill moved in the US Congress to label Pakistan as a terrorist state, he said that anti-Pakistan elements are present in each and every country but the impacts of their voices depend on the policies of these countries. "Five or 10 voices raised against us are not enough evidence to declare Pakistan a terrorist state," he said. Meanwhile, military spokesman Lt Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa has said Pakistan's eastern borders are under close monitoring of the security forces who are ready to respond to any aggression. He urged people to be vigilant and keep an eye on any suspected movement in the border areas. Read more at thehansindia.com. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said Pakistan has shown unequalled and unprecedented restraint despite belligerence and war mongering from the Indian side, reported Pakistan Observer. Chairing a meeting here on Wednesday, he said, the world is witness that Pakistan has given tremendous sacrifices for global peace. Pakistan has shown unequalled and unprecedented restraint despite great provocation, PM added. Pakistan will continue to strife for a peaceful South Asia with a view to enable its people the progress and prosperity of the 21st century, the meeting agreed at the same time that Pakistan is fully capable of meeting any internal or external security threat with the complete resolve of its people and valiant armed forces. The meeting expressed its deep concern on the increase in systematic human rights violations in Indian-held Kashmir and condemned brutal use of force by Indian security forces. The Prime Minister reiterated that violence on Kashmiris for demanding right to self determination, promised by UNSC resolutions, will never be tolerated and the oppressed Kashmiris deserve not only Pakistan’s support but also the support of the entire world. Pakistan will continue to extend its moral and diplomatic support to Kashmiris until the issue of Kashmir is resolved as per aspirations of Kashmiri people, said the PM. The PM said that the Indus Water Treaty was mutually agreed arrangement between India and Pakistan brokered by the World Bank in 1960 and no one country can unilaterally separate itself from the treaty. The meeting reviewed other matters pertaining to national and regional security. The Participants expressed satisfaction over the preparedness of the armed forces to defend the territorial integrity of Pakistan. The meeting was attended by Federal Minister for Interior Ch. Nisar Ali, Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar, COAS General Raheel Sharif, National Security Advisor General (R) Nasir Janjua, Foreign secretary, DGMO and senior civil and military officials. Read more at pakobserver.net.
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