India fires back at Pak army chief: Only issue is “how to free PoK from Pakistan”

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MoS in PMO Jitendra Singh
MoS in PMO Jitendra Singh

Reacting to Pakistan Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif’s remarks, Minister of State in PMO Jitendra Singh said the only issue with Pakistan is to get back parts of Jammu and Kashmir under its illegal occupation. Raheel had said that Kashmir is an “unfinished agenda”.

Stressing that Jammu and Kashmir was and will remain the integral part of India, Jitendra said, “If there is any subject related to Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan it is how the parts of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) can be again included in India. That means the area, which after 65-66 years, even after being part of Jammu and Kashmir, is under illegal possession of Pakistan.”

Earlier, Pakistan Army Chief called Kashmir an “unfinished agenda”. He also had warned India of “unbearable damage” in case of a “long or short” misadventure.

Speaking at a special event in Rawalpindi to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1965 war with India, the army chief said, “If the enemy ever resorts to any misadventure, regardless of its size and scale – short or long – it will have to pay an unbearable cost.”

“Armed forces of Pakistan are fully capable of dealing with all types of internal and external threats, may it be conventional or sub-conventional; whether it is cold start or hot start. We are ready,” he said. He also warned that Kashmir cannot be out in the back-burner and promised to dismantle the entire networks of militants in the country.

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