No surgical strike took place in Pakistan on Sept 29, says Pakistan HC Abdul Basit

07 Oct, 2016 10:52 pm

ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit has said that no surgical strike took place on September 29, it was cross-LoC firing.

In an interview with an Indian magazine, he said: “If you want to call cross-LoC firing as ‘surgical strikes’ that is your prerogative and we can’t stop you. But I can assure you, had there been any ‘surgical strikes’, Pakistan would have responded immediately and proportionately.”

To a question whether India is trying to change the rules of the game, he said that it is for India to explain. “As far as Pakistan is concerned, we would say it is very dangerous to nurture false expectations. There are high stakes involved on both sides and we are very confident that our deterrence is working and Pakistan will never allow the credibility of its deterrence to erode,” he said.

Abdul Basit said: “We never wanted to escalate the situation either vertically or horizontally. Pakistan has always proportionately responded to whatever violation has taken place in the past. And that continues to be our stance. If there is any action from the Indian side, you can rest assured that Pakistan will respond.”

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