Indian Army Chief's statement 'jingoistic & unwise': FO
MABAD Taking serious notice of a statement given by the Indian Army Chief, Pakistan has said on Saturday that it was not only irresponsible but also termed it as jingoistic and unwise.
The Government of Pakistan takes serious exception to the reported statement of the Indian Army Chief about his threat perception from Pakistan, war under a nuclear scenario and uncalled for and gratuitous comments on the internal affairs of Pakistan, a Spokesperson of Foreign Office said on Saturday evening.
Foreign Office said that the repetitive mentioning by Indian High Command about war under the nuclear scenario is not only irresponsible but also jingoistic and unwise.
Such statements and grandstanding by India are evidently unhelpful to the cause of promoting peace, security and stability in South Asia, stated the statement.
Spokesperson further said that Pakistan remains committed to a purposeful and result-oriented dialogue with India on all outstanding issues, including the core issue of Jammu and Kashmir and that such irresponsible statements were aimed to damage the efforts leading to establish peace and stability in the region.
It is pertinent to mention here that Indian army chief General VK Singh called Pakistan and China irritants for his country and especially mentioned that Beijings rising military prowess was a worry for the country.
General Singh is said to given these remarks at a seminar organised by the Indian Armys think-tank on emerging roles and tasks of the Indian Army last Friday.
He outlined distinctions in threat on two fronts. If Pakistans internal turmoil was a cause of serious concern, the growing military might of China had direct ramifications for India, he said.
Most importantly, VK Singh ruled out conventional war with China or Pakistan. He said there were always chances of 'skirmishes as he made a strong case of building conventional capability in a nuclear scenario as both the neighbours had an active atomic programme.
Responding to VK Singhs statement, Pakistan has not only rejected such allegations but the statement as jingoistic and unwise.