RAWALPINDI: Director General, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor said on Tuesday that Pakistan had already been clarified that Pakistan will respond to Indian aggression.
He made these views while addressing a press conference in Rawalpindi in the wake of Indian jets violation of Line of control (LoC).
“The tension between Pakistan and India escalated after Pulwama attack”
Giving the details of the Indian intrusion he said, “India has claimed to kill 350 terrorists and their jets had conducted strikes for 21 minutes in Pakistan space.”
They claim that the second strike was in Muzaffarabad and the third in Chakothi.
“Allah Almighty is the greatest and we should not make tall claims, but come and try to spend 21 minutes in Pakistani airspace.”
“Pakistan Air Force (PAF) patrolling team was on its duty, however jets can’t move in the air each time,” he said.
“According to war methodology, our entire Air Force could not have stayed airborne. Our safeguards on land were in place. So if they had tried an on-ground incursion, they would have met the response that we had planned.
“Last night, our radars were observing them. They had earlier come closer to our border but did not cross it. Last night, their first visibility was observed near the Sialkot and Lahore border. They were seen approaching the border. Our Combat Air Patrol (CAP) team approached and challenged them. They did not cross.
“As per the SOP (standard operating procedure), when the first team got committed there, the next CAP team automatically was airborne. During this, another one of their formation was picked in Bahawalpur sector. The second standby team went down south and challenged it. We then observed that the more heavier of their teams were approaching the Muzaffarabad sector from Kiran Valley. When our third CAP team challenged them, they had crossed the LoC.
“Their approaching of the border, the challenge and their return took four minutes,” said the ISPR DG.
“If they had struck any military position, then an engagement would have happened. But they did not do that because if they had done so, our soldiers were ready.
“India’s purpose is not that — Modi’s government, even when it violates ceasefire violations in Azad Kashmir, deliberately targets civil population. Had they struck the military last night, then uniformed personnel would have been martyred and it would not have served their purpose.
“They wanted to target a place where civilians could have died, so they could claim that they targeted a terrorist camp.