Pakistan will continue to respond to India border attacks, says Asif

Published: August 29, 2015
Nine died near the city of Sialkot in Punjab province, and more than 40 were wounded on Friday. PHOTO: REUTERS

Nine died near the city of Sialkot in Punjab province, and more than 40 were wounded on Friday. PHOTO: REUTERS

SIALKOT: Pakistan will respond “with full force” if India continues to target the civilian population, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif warned on Saturday, after nine people were killed by cross-border shelling.

Nine people were killed by shelling from Indian forces over the Working Boundary near Sialkot, more than 40 were wounded on Friday, less than a week after high-level talks were aborted amid a row over Kashmir.

India claimed that at least four villagers were killed in Indian-held Kashmir by Pakistani fire.

“We will counter this situation on all levels. If war is forced on us we will take good care of them,” the defence minister said after visiting the wounded in hospital on Saturday. Asif hails from the border town and was elected to the National Assembly from NA-110 Sialkot.

Read: Border firing kills 9 on Pakistan-India war anniversary

“Absolutely we have the right to retaliate, and retaliate in kind, retaliate in full force.”

He added, “If India crosses the international border and aggression is committed again, we will defend our homeland and inflict much more damage than 1965,” Asif said.

The 1965 war between the two countries took place over two weeks in September, and each September 6 Pakistani media eulogises the army for thwarting Indian aggression. This year marks 50 years to that war.

Read: Army chief slams India’s ‘cowardly’ ceasefire violations

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would raise the issue of continued aggression at a UN General Assembly session next month, Asif said.

A meeting between the Indian and Pakistani national security advisors in New Delhi on Sunday was called off at the last minute following a dispute about whether the agenda should include Kashmir.

The two sides regularly fire shells and mortars across the disputed border both in Kashmir and to the south in Punjab, killing civilians.

Pakistan and India have fought two of their three wars over the Himalayan region since both gained independence in 1947, and it remains a major source of tension.

Read: Lashing out: Civil-military leadership slams Indian firing

About a dozen groups of freedom fighters have been fighting since 1989 for either the independence of the Indian-held portion of Kashmir or its merger with Pakistan.

Shelling across the de facto border — known as the Line of Control (LoC) in disputed Kashmir and the “working boundary” in Punjab — has been on the rise this month.

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Reader Comments (16)

  • cautious
    Aug 29, 2015 - 8:42PM

    I bet both sides would quit this nonsense if the offending artillery become the target rather than just blindly launching artillery shells. Surely both sides know the location of the outposts and artillery by now. Let the military duke it out and leave the civilians out of it.Recommend

  • Kickass
    Aug 29, 2015 - 9:33PM

    What a silly response from this minister of defence. Is he talking about the same army he talked about in his most infamous address in the Corrupt Parliament?Recommend

  • Preeti Kaur
    Aug 29, 2015 - 10:51PM

    India accuses Pakistan of violating the ceasefire and shelling, Pakistan accuses India of doing it. Who’s telling the truth and who’s lying? To settle this question, Pakistan asks for a UN investigation, but the Indians go “No! Don’t bring in the UN because that would internationalize the Kashmir issue and expose our illegal occupation and human rights abuses instead of exposing Pakistan as a sponsor of terrorism there! Just trust us when we say Pakistan is shelling!” Dear Indians, if you have nothing to hide in the Kashmir issue, you should have nothing to fear from internationalize it. And if you want to avoid this whole internationalization headache altogether, then stop firing at us from across the LoC and WB!Recommend

  • Last Word
    Aug 29, 2015 - 11:33PM

    It is highly debatable whether it was India or Pakistan who retaliated when came under heavy firing and bombardment from across the border. But, it is a good lesson for the one who started this mischief in the first place however, the whole world knows who is the mischief monger in this region. Recommend

  • The Book Says
    Aug 30, 2015 - 12:08AM

    @Preeti Kaur:

    Please go ahead and internationalize it. Ignore those Indians.

    Good luck, keep everyone abreast on how it goes.Recommend

  • Point
    Aug 30, 2015 - 12:53AM

    @Last Word:
    So far its modi 24/7 whining about Pakistan everywhere instead of focusing on something peaceful. AND AMEEN MAY THE ONE WHO STARTED FACE THE SAME WHAT THEY FACED IN 2008 . Innocents were martyred instead of firing at armed forced the useless forces attacked villagers, india will soon pay for this. Recommend

  • Fact
    Aug 30, 2015 - 12:56AM

    @Last Word:
    Then why is india so scared when Pakistan asks UN to visit the border. Once in lifetime speak some truth instead of spreading lies. That would do you good. Seems like indian subjects on ethics are written by modi extremistRecommend

  • Rox
    Aug 30, 2015 - 12:57AM

    Till date I have not seen a single non-extremist indian on this website. Says alot for a country who are already divided by racist caste systemRecommend

  • Hah
    Aug 30, 2015 - 8:19AM

    Lol Preeti Kaur.. Nice choice of nameRecommend

  • Tyggar
    Aug 30, 2015 - 10:22AM

    Till date I have not seen a single non-extremist indian on this website

    Maybe you need glasses or some education perhapsRecommend

  • jay
    Aug 30, 2015 - 10:43AM

    @Preeti Kaur:
    wow still a Sikh left in Pakistan ? this itself is an international news ! Recommend

  • Aschraful Makhlooq
    Aug 30, 2015 - 11:20AM

    No one in Pakistan except PML-N’s corrupt but falsely experienced coward team and lovers listen to Defence Minister Khwaja Asif then how Indian leadership will listen to him????Recommend

  • Pakistan
    Aug 30, 2015 - 12:18PM

    Recently a lobbyist who was close to Benazir was in the news. She on return to the country had asked Mark Seigal for some help and that was to ask India to keep Pak Army preoccupied and build pressure on Pak Army through border violations to enable her to consolidate power. By a strange coincidence this is happening when Nawaz Sharif is in trouble! Is there a relationship here?Recommend

  • wiserneighbour
    Aug 30, 2015 - 1:58PM

    Mr.minister,stop assisting infiltration.When you try to cover the infiltration by firing at Indian posts, you get back in double.your strategic assets get killed or caught alive along with civilian casualties.So don’t cry and threaten.Recommend

  • Komal S
    Aug 30, 2015 - 2:24PM

    @Preeti Kaur:
    here is an idea. Why don’t you stop firing unilaterally and have the UN observers on your side. In that case if India is firing with out any reason, it will be caught. You can do this yourself without India’s help. Recommend

  • Human
    Aug 30, 2015 - 3:06PM

    @wiserneighbour and that’s exactly why Pakistan wants UN to investigate and India doesn’t ….Recommend

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