Indian Army Chief's Statement Amounts To Invitation For Nuclear Encounter, Says Pakistan

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Bukhari said the students were indeed provided with two maps but added that Rawat's observations were "totally unfair and unacceptable".

Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat in a press conference called Pakistan's nuclear arsenal a "bluff" which triggered the backlash from Pakistan.

Claiming that India was not in a position to launch a conventional war after over-nuclearisation, Maj Gen Ghafoor threatened that Pakistan had "credible nuclear capability exclusively meant to foil any threat emanating from the east.

Pakistan army is a responsible organization".

The Pakistan army also criticized the Indian general's comments, reiterating that its nuclear weapons alone had deterred India's massive army from launching another conventional war against Pakistan. "But we believe it's a weapon of deterrence, not a choice", army spokesman Asif Ghafoor said on state-run television.

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Asif further said India was "welcome to test our resolve".

The Jammu and Kashmir government led by Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday lashed out at Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat over his remarks about Kashmir schools, saying that the "well-decorated officer" should not give sermons on issues that do not fall in his domain.

Taking to Twitter, Pakistan foreign minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif on Saturday sqaid, "Very irresponsible statement by Indian Army Chief, not befitting his office". "They [India] must not remain in illusion". Hussain Bibi, 65, w/o Haji Farzand, resident of Peer Khana village, was killed on Thursday when the Indian forces resorted to unprovoked firing, targeting Pakistani check-posts in Kot Kotera Sector in the Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK). "If given the task, we will not say we can not cross the border because they have nuclear weapons", he had said.

Talking to PTV, he said we believe COAS is a very responsible appointment and four-star General is a rank with age-long expeience and maturity.

The Indian Army has been adopting a "tough" approach in dealing with ceasefire violations and terrorist activities in Jammu and Kashmir in the last one year.

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