Pakistan army on Thursday denounced a statement issued by the Indian army officer about taking control of parts of Pakistan-administered Kashmir.
The army said it is as an “apt manifestation” of the Indian army’s “delusional mindset”.
“The unwarranted statement of a high-ranking Indian army officer concerning Azad Jammu and Kashmir is an apt manifestation of Indian armed forces’ delusional mindset and showcases the vivid imprint of domestic political showboating on Indian military thought,” ISPR tweeted.
Last week, Lieutenant General Upendra Dwivedi said that India army is ready to take back Pakistan-administered Kahsmir. This followed after Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh spoke about “retrieving” parts of Pakistan-administered Kashmir and claimed that citizens were subjected to human rights violations in the region.
Dwivedi, who is the general officer commanding-in-chief of the Indian army’s northern command, responded to the minister’s statement by underscoring that a resolution on the matter already existed in parliament.
“As far as the Indian Army is concerned, it will carry out any order given by the government of India. We are always ready for it,” the Indian army officer said earlier.
Dwivedi had also said that “there were around 300 militants in Jammu and Kashmir at this time, with another 160 waiting for an opportunity to cross the LoC (Line of Control) and sneak into India”.
Reacting to the statement, 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 (United Nations) Security Council resolutions.”
The military’s media affairs wing further said the Indian officials “lofty claims and surreal ambition is intellectually insulting.