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Pak air force chief says will give befitting response to ‘misadventure by enemy’

Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman’s comments come amid reports that the Pakistan Air Force flew jets near the Siachen Glacier on the Indian side. India has denied violation of air space

world Updated: May 24, 2017 16:32 IST
Pakistan air force chief,Siachen Glacier,Sohail Aman
Pakistan Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, who visited the Qadri airbase in Skardu, said his forces would respond to any aggression by the “enemy” in a manner that their future generations would remember it.(Photo courtesy/ispr.gov.pk)

Amid heightened tension with India, Pakistan Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman on Wednesday warned his forces would respond to any aggression by the “enemy” in a manner that their future generations would remember it.

Aman, who was at the Qadri airbase in Skardu, said Pakistan would give a befitting response to any misadventure by the enemy, Radio Pakistan reported.

The Air Force chief made the remarks after taking part in air force exercises and flying a Mirage fighter jet. He also reviewed the exercises and operational preparedness of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF).

His visit coincided with reports in the Pakistani media that the PAF on Wednesday flew fighter jets near the Siachen Glacier, the world’s highest battleground.

The Indian Air Force in New Delhi denied that the Pakistani fighter jets violated the Indian air space.

Talking to reporters at the Qadri airbase, Aman said Pakistan should have zero concerns over the “statements of the enemy”.

“Our response to any aggression by the enemy will be such that their future generations will also remember it,” he said according to the report.

Tensions between India and Pakistan have run high since the attack on an Indian army base in Uri in September last year in which 18 soldiers were killed by militants based in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. Ten days after the attack, India launched “surgical strikes” across the Line of Control to destroy “terrorist launchpads”.

On Tuesday, the Indian Army announced the launch of “punitive fire assaults” on Pakistani positions across the Line of Control earlier this month, inflicting some damage. The action was taken in response to the beheading of two Indian soldiers in Kashmir by Pakistani special forces.

First Published: May 24, 2017 16:17 IST