DG ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor. - A file photo

PESHAWAR: Responding to a statement of the Indian military chief, the Pakistan Army said on Saturday that Pakistan is ready to respond to any external aggression.

Director General Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor said in a statement that Pakistan is a nuclear power and Pakistan’s desire for peace should not be misconstrued as weakness. He said if someone tests our patience, we will give a befitting reply to it and not disappoint the nation.

DG ISPR said current situation demands Pakistan and India to work for peace. He said India should desist from any misadventure that could be detrimental to bilateral talks and the peace of whole region.

He said Pakistan was made a victim of terrorism during the last two decades through proxies. He said Pakistan Army is the only force that successfully countered the menace of terrorism and not only created peace in the country but also supported regional peace efforts. As a result, our region is on positive trajectory of peace.

The DG ISPR said the prime minister of Pakistan also extended an offer of friendship to India, but they refused to reciprocate it in a positive way and rather resorted to anti-Pakistan propaganda. He said the Indian army failed to satisfy even its own parliament on its fake claim of surgical strike inside Pakistan and there are a lot of doubts on it in India.

He said the Indian army chief should avoid disturbing the peace situation.