PAK to India: Don’t Mistake Our Desire For Peace As WeaknessDecember 31, 2009
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has said that Indian Army’s new military doctrine including scenarios such as a two-front simultaneous war with both China and Pakistan”betrays a hostile intent” and a “jingoistic mindset”.
Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit said in a statement that the Indian Army’s new military doctrine “betray a hostile intent as well as a hegemonic and jingoistic mindset which is quite out of step with the realities of our time”.
Pakistan is prepared to defend itself in the face of all contingencies, Basit said. “No one should ever underestimate our capability and determination to foil any nefarious designs against the security of Pakistan,” he said.
Indian Army officials have said that the doctrine, which is reviewed every five years at the Army’s Shimla-based Training Command, will now include scenarios such as a two- front simultaneous war with both China and Pakistan.
Basit called on the world community to take “due notice of such statements”.
He added: “Pakistan remains mindful of the threats posed to its security as well as the importance of promoting peace in South Asia.”
The spokesman also told a weekly news briefing at the Foreign Office that Pakistan’s desire for peace should not be mistaken for weakness.