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Pakistan army chief meets top commanders, says ‘fully prepared to respond to direct, indirect threats’

Pakistani military is closely monitoring regional developments and is ready to meet any direct or indirect threats, army chief General Raheel Sharif said on Monday.

India TV News Desk, Islamabad [ Published on: September 19, 2016 23:50 IST ]
Pakistan army chief General Raheel Sharif
Pakistan army chief General Raheel Sharif

Pakistani military is "closely monitoring regional developments" and is ready to meet any direct or indirect threats, army chief General Raheel Sharif said on Monday. 

Sharif met his top commanders and said the military was "watchful" towards the security imperatives of the country in the wake of "hostile narrative" by India after terrorists killed 18 Indian soldiers in Kashmir.

However, the General made no specific reference to the Sunday attack on an Indian Army camp in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri.

The Corps Commanders' Conference - held in Rawalpindi and chaired by Gen Sharif - reviewed external and internal security situation and operational preparedness of the army, the army said in a statement.

"Taking note of a hostile narrative being propagated by India, COAS (Gen Sharif) said that we are fully cognizant and closely watching the latest happenings in the region and their impact on the security of Pakistan," the statement said.

"Armed forces of Pakistan are fully prepared to respond to entire spectrum of direct and indirect threat," he said, expressing his satisfaction over operational preparedness of the army.

"Pakistan's armed forces together with our resilient nation have surmounted every challenge and will thwart any sinister design against integrity and sovereignty of Pakistan in future as well," Gen Sharif said during the meeting.

Heavily-armed militants stormed a battalion headquarters of the Indian Army in North Kashmir's Uri town in the early hours on Sunday, killing 18 jawans and injuring 19 others in the attack in which all four terrorists were neutralised.

It was the worst attack on the Indian Army in many years.

The Indian army said today that it reserves the right to respond to any act of the adversary “at a time and place of own choosing.” 


 “We have the desired capability to respond to such blatant acts of aggression and violence as deemed appropriate by us. We reserve the right to respond to any act of the adversary at a time and place of own choosing,” Director General Military Operation (DGMO), Lt. Gen. Ranbir Singh, told reporters today.  

The DGMO has said all the four killed militants were foreign terrorists and had carried with them items which had Pakistani markings and that initial reports indicated that they belonged to Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist group.

Among the arms and ammunition recovered from the dead militants were four AK 47 rifles, four Under Barrel Grenade Launchers, 39 Under Barrel Grenade Launcher (UGBL) grenades, five hand grenades, two radio sets, two GPSs, two Map Sheets, two Matrix Sheets, one Mobile Phone and a large number of food and medicine packets having Pakistani markings. 

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