New Delhi, Feb 13: A day after Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman issued a stern warning to Pakistan in the wake of Sunjuwan terror attack, Islamabad on Tuesday resorted to more provocation, saying any aggression by New Delhi will be responded in “its own coin”.
“Any Indian aggression, strategic miscalculation, or misadventure regardless of its scale, mode, or location will not go unpunished and shall be met with an equal and proportionate response,” Pakistan Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir said.
Dastgir added that Pakistani forces are “alive to all possibilities, and prepared fully to defend our country’s territorial integrity”. (Also Read: J&K Terror Attacks: Mehbooba Wants Talks With Pakistan, Farooq Abdullah Says Tough Measures Needed)
The Pakistan Defence Minister’s statement came a day after his Indian counterpart Niramala Sitharaman’s clear warning to the country against continuing its anti-India policy.
Sitharaman on Monday (February 12) had described the Sunjuwan terror attack as the handiwork of Pakistan-based banned terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM). Sitharaman, who visited the soldiers and civilians injured in the attack, at an Army hospital in Jammu told reporters that JeM chief Masood Azhar sponsored the dastardly attack. Earlier, another Pakistan-based terror group – Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) – had claimed the responsibility for the strike.
Six persons, including five soldiers and a civilian, were killed and 10 others, including six women and children, injured in the attack which enfolded before dawn on February 10.
“The terrorists belonged to Jaish-e-Mohammed, sponsored by Azhar Masood residing in Pakistan and deriving support from there in. Giving the evidences to Pakistan will be a continuous process. It will have to be proved over and over again that they are responsible. Pakistan will have to pay for this misadventure,” Sitharaman said. She added that there were specific intelligence inputs to suggest that the attackers were being handled from across the border.
(With inputs from agencies)