Pakistan army on Monday said Indians have to realise and understand where they want to go in the future as both the countries posses’ nukes and ‘there is no space for war.’
It, however, said the desire for peace should not be mistaken for weakness.
Addressing a press conference, Maj Gen AsifGhafoor, the Director General of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) – the media wing of the army, accused India of carrying out 1,077 ceasefire violations since the start of 2018 to date.
“Our defence, our desire for peace, should not be mistaken for weakness,” Ghafoor said.
“We are willing to ignore the first shot that is fired from the Indian side, provided it does not result in a casualty on our side,” he said adding, “The second shot would be responded in kind.”The Indians have to realise and understand where they want to go [in the future]”.
Ghafoor said Pakistan had not responded to Indian firing, which followed an agreement by the two countries’ militaries last week to adhere to the 2003 ceasefire agreement, but was “compelled” to respond only when civilians were targeted.
“The Indian army targeted innocent citizens on Pakistan’s side, while we responded and targeted theirforces,” he said.
Local administration officials said an elderly woman and a minor girl were killed and 24 others, including four children and eight women, injured in mortar shelling by the Indian forces on villages along the Working Boundary yesterday.
Ghafoor said Pakistan wants to respect the truce agreement.
“The Indians have to realise and understand where they want to go (in the future),” he said. “We are two nuclear powers, and there is no space for war,” he added.