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DG ISPR trashes top Indian Army Officer’s remarks on AJK

Earlier, India's Northern Army Commander Lt General Upendra Dwivedi said that the Indian Army is ready to execute orders like taking back "Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir". Pakistan's DG ISPR has refuted the statements, calling them "delusional" and "intellectually insulting".

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Pakistan’s military media wing – Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) – has rejected the unwarranted statement of a high-rank Indian army officer regarding Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

In a series of tweets on Thursday, DG ISPR Lieutenant General Babar Iftikhar said it is an apt manifestation of the Indian Armed Forces’ delusional mindset and showcases the vivid imprint of domestic political showboating on Indian military thought.

The DG ISPR said the fallacious remarks and unfounded allegations of so-called “launch-pads” and “terrorists” are an attempt to divert attention from the Indian Army’s repressive use of force and gross human rights violations against innocent unarmed Kashmiris striving for their right of self-determination, upheld by International Law and enshrined in UN Security Council Resolutions. He said the Indian General Officer’s lofty claims and surreal ambition are intellectually insulting.

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Lieutenant General Babar Iftikhar said Pakistan’s military is a force for good and a proponent of regional peace and stability. He said this desire for peace, however, is matched with our capability and preparation to thwart any misadventure or aggression against our territory, an assertion comprehensively validated on numerous occasions including recently in the Balakot episode.

The DG ISPR said that in the interest of peace for the region, the Indian military would do well to abstain from irresponsible rhetoric and vitriolic communication to shore up electoral support for their political masters’ regressive ideology.

Top Indian Army General’s remarks

Earlier, India’s Northern Army Commander Lt General Upendra Dwivedi said that the Indian Army is ready to execute orders like taking back “Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir”.

“As far as the Indian Army is concerned, it will carry out any order given by the Government of India. Whenever such orders are given, we will always be ready for it,” he said.

“We have almost 160 terrorists sitting at the launchpad of which there are 130 North of Pir Panjal and 30 South of Pir Panjal. As for the complete hinterland, a total of 82 Pakistani terrorists and 53 local terrorists are there,” he also added.

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