Pakistan’s Defence Minister Khawaja Asif has claimed that the militant strike on the Indian army camp in north Kashmir’s Uri was a plot devised by India, even threatening to use the country’s nuclear warheads against the neighbour.
Claiming India had no proof of Pakistan’s involvement, Asif told DawnNews that India had engineered the strike to turn “the world’s attention away from Kashmir”. Asif said Pakistan would not hesitate to its nuclear stockpile — estimated to be the world’s fastest growing one — against India in a war, replying to a question about how it would respond to a surgical strike. “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. “We have not made atomic device to display in a showcase. If a such a situation arises we will use it and eliminate India.”
India claims it has evidence that proved the attackers came from across the border.
He said Pakistan would give a “befitting” response should India violate its airspace and claimed the “world knew” that India was “no serious about resolving the Kashmir dispute with Pakistan”. About a move by the US Congress to categorise Pakistan a “terrorist state”, he said: “Five or 10 voices raised against us are not enough evidence to declare Pakistan a terrorist state”.
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