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Pakistan’s Army Chief Affirms State Will Respond To Any Aggression In Self-Defence

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LAHORE MIRROR (Monitoring Report)– Pakistan will respond in self-defence to any act of unprovoked aggression by the India’s army, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa affirmed today.

According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the army chief said this in his telephonic communication with the commanders of the United States Central Command (USCENTCOM), UK Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), and the Australian Chief of Defence Force (CDF), as well as the ambassadors of the US, UK, and China in Pakistan.

DG ISPR Major-General Asif Ghafoor said the “prevailing standoff between Pakistan and India and its impact on peace and stability in the region and beyond” was discussed in the telephonic communication.

“Pak shall surely respond to any aggression in self defence,” the Chief of Army Staff was quoted as saying.

India and Pakistan are amidst their biggest standoff in many years, with the United States and other global powers mediating to de-escalate tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbouring countries.

The army chief’s statement comes at the moment when Pakistan is set to release captured Indian air force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman as a goodwill gesture towards New Delhi and a de-escalation effort in favour of regional peace.