Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Asim Munir on Saturday vowed to take the “fight back to the enemy” if war was imposed on the nation.
Munir made the comments while visiting troops deployed along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rakhchikri Sector, according to an ISPR statement issued the same day. The COAS made it abundantly clear that Pakistan’s armed forces were ever ready to secure every inch of the the nation and take “take the fight back to the enemy” if war was imposed on Pakistan. He made the comments in connection with “highly-irresponsible” statements from India on Gilgit-Balitistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
Any misconception resulting into a misadventure will always be met with full might of our armed forces backed by a resilient nation, the COAS said. The Indian State, he said, will never be able to further its nefarious designs. He called on the world to ensure justice was delivered to the people of India-held Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) in line with United Nations resolutions.
The Indian Army said earlier in November that it was “always ready” to annex Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
Top General Upendra Dwivedi, who is the Indian Army Northern Command General Officer-Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-in-C), said the force was ready to execute orders including annexing Azad Jammu and Kashmir, according to ANI.
India Defence Minister Singh had pledged to annex the Pakistani territory of Gilgit-Baltistan soon earlier in October. Singh made the comments at a Srinagar event marked to commemorate the 1947 arrival of Indian troops in what was then the erstwhile princely state of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). He said the day was not far when the Pakistani region of Gilgit-Baltistan will become part of the Indian Union.