Pakistani politician, Khawaja Muhammad Asif , who has been recently appointed as the Minister for Foreign Affairs said India’s intention of launching a surgical strike on the country’s nuclear installations will have significant repercussion.
Dawn, a Pakistani newspaper quoted Asif as he said, “Yesterday, the Indian Air Chief said we will hit, through another surgical strike, Pakistan’s nuclear installations. If that happens, nobody should expect restraint form us. That’s the most diplomatic language I can use,” at the US Institute of Peace in Washington.
After taking over his new designation in August, addressing his first press conference at Pakistan Muslim League-N House in Sialkot, Asif questioned India’s response to Pakistan’s efforts in establishing a ceasefire in the region, as reported by Dawn, on Monday.
“It’s high time for both India and Afghanistan to come forward as good neighbours and give positive response to Pakistan’s peace initiatives and end the blame game,” Asif said.
Asif further stated that Pakistan’s efforts to establish peace with the neighbours should not be taken as its weakness and if anything happens, nobody should expect restraint from Islamabad.
India’s Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa, at the annual press conference in New Delhi on Thursday said that the Indian Air Force (IAF) has the capability to “locate, fix and strike across the border,” when asked about surgical strike and India’s handling of the tactical nuclear weapons of Pakistan.
Asif further claimed that Pakistan has been fighting terrorism for decades and has a worldwide recognition for initiating peace in the region and accused India of conspiring with the US to sabotage the Indus Water Treaty.
On August 21, U.S President Donald Trump’s announcement about his new strategy for South Asia and blaming Pakistan for sheltering terrorists from the world eye has subsequently soured the relations between the two nations.
Pakistan has lowered delegation-level visits ever since but is still communicating with the American leadership. Asif, on his three-day official visit to US, also met US National Security Adviser General HR McMaster and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.