ISLAMABAD – Pakistan on Thursday reminded India of its swift response to Balakot misadventure in 2019 when PAF pilots downed an Indian fighter jet.
The Foreign Office gave a quick recap to what is called as “Operation Swift Retort” after and Indian minister and BJP leader Amit Shah made a statement threatening so-called “surgical strikes” in Pakistan.
“Pakistan’s swift response to India’s Balakot misadventure in 2019, including the downing of Indian combat aircraft and capture of Indian Air Force pilot, fully demonstrated the will, capacity and preparedness of our armed forces to deter Indian aggression,” FO said in a statement.
Condemning Indian minister’s remarks as irresponsible and provocative, it said that the delusional statement only goes to further demonstrate the BJP-RSS combine’s propensity to stoke regional tensions for both ideological reasons and political expediency, based on enmity towards Pakistan, said Foreign Office in a statement.
Such statements also serve as smokescreens to divert world attention from India’s state-terrorism and systematic human rights violations in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), and against Muslims and other minorities in India. Pakistan has repeatedly drawn the attention of the international community to India’s sinister designs of staging “false flag” operations to implicate Pakistan and Kashmiris.
“While Pakistan is a peace-loving country, we will spare no effort in resolutely thwarting any aggressive designs,” the FO said.