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Pakistan perturbed by India’s Myanmar operation

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Published on June 12, 2015 with No Comments

Pakistan’s civilian and military leadership warned against any “adventurism” by India in the aftermath of a rare cross-border strike by Indian troops inside Myanmar, saying Islamabad is prepared to mount a “befitting response”.

Pakistan’s interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and top military commanders responded to Indian minister of state Rajyavardhan Rathore’s remarks that the raid by special forces against militants inside Myanmar was a message to Pakistan and groups “harbouring terror intent towards India”.Khan said India should not mistake Pakistan for Myanmar. Those who harboured “bad intentions” towards Pakistan should open their eyes and ears, he added.“The Pakistan Army is fully capable of responding to any adventurism,” he said.”Pakistan is not like Myanmar”, Khan further said and warned India that his country cannot be cowed down by the threats from across the border.
Earlier the ruling party in India BJP had hailed Army’s pre-dawn surgical strike inside Myanmar killing 38 Naga insurgents and said it reflects the Narendra Modi
government’s policy of ‘zero tolerance’ towards terrorism, from which all terror groups as well as Pakistan should draw lessons. Party’s right wing group VHP also lauded the government and the Army’s successful operation and hoped the next will be in Pakistan and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.BJP national spokesperson MJ Akbar said the Myanmar operation is more evidence of the emerging Modi doctrine.
On one side of the coin is “zero tolerance” for terrorism including an unprecedented will for punitive retribution, and on the other “we cede the ground” for mutually beneficial friendship with “nations which cooperate with us on terrorism”, as was was evident in Bangladesh, Akbar said.
“In one year, the Prime Minister’s innovative foreign policy has rattled Pakistan in many ways. But a prime achievement has been a reversal of Pakistan’s efforts.
“Previously Pakistan was able to mobilise neighbours against India. Today with the new band of friends Pakistan has been isolated. In simpler terms, Pakistan should draw the relevant lessons,” Akbar said.
Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said, “The military’s action against insurgents with assistance from the Myanmarese government speaks volumes about India’s resolve to fight terror. This is a lesson and a message to all the terror groups that India will not hesitate in going beyond its geographical borders to eliminate terrorists.”


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