Pakistan Army chief Gen Raheel Sharif on Monday described India’s reaction to the Uri attack as a “hostile narrative” and said the country’s armed forces were prepared to respond to the “entire spectrum of direct and indirect threat”.
Sharif made the remarks while chairing a meeting of the army’s Corps Commanders at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi a day after a group of heavily armed militants stormed a military camp at Uri and killed 18 soldiers.
India accused Pakistan of having a hand in the attack, a charge rejected by Islamabad.
“Taking note of a hostile narrative being propagated by India, COAS (Sharif) said that we are fully cognisant and closely watching the latest happenings in the region and their impact on the security of Pakistan,” said a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations.
Sharif also said COAS said Pakistan’s armed forces “are fully prepared to respond to entire spectrum of direct and indirect threat”.
The Corps Commanders made an in-depth review of the external and internal security situation and operational preparedness of the Pakistan Army. Sharif said the military would “thwart any sinister design against integrity and sovereignty of Pakistan”.
Earlier, foreign policy chief Sartaj Aziz rejected India’s assertion that it was involved in the Uri attack and accused New Delhi of trying to divert attention from the situation in Kashmir.
A statement issued by Aziz dwelt more on the situation in Kashmir, especially the unrest triggered by the killing of militant commander Burhan Wani, and contained no offer of cooperation to investigate the Uri attack, as was done by Pakistan in the aftermath of the terror strike on Pathankot airbase in January.
Aziz, the foreign affairs advisor to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, also did not condemn the Uri attack, which India has blamed on Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).