ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Pakistan firmly slammed an "irresponsible" and "provocative" statement reportedly made by Indian Home Minister Amit Shah in which he threatened Pakistan with so-called 'surgical strikes.'
"This delusional statement only goes to further demonstrate the BJP-RSS combine's propensity to stoke regional tensions for both ideological reasons and political expediency, based on enmity towards Pakistan," the Foreign Office reacted in a statement.
The Indian media earlier quoted Indian home Minister Amit Shah saying that India will carry out surgical strikes against Pakistan "if it transgresses," adding that the time for talks had passed, and it was now time to "reciprocate."
Responding to the Indian minister's statement, The Pak Foreign Office pointed out that India uses such statements as smokescreens to divert world attention from India's state-terrorism and planned violations of human rights in the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJ&K) and against minorities in India.
"Pakistan has repeatedly drawn the attention of the international community to India's sinister designs of staging "false flag" operations to implicate Pakistan and Kashmiris. While Pakistan is a peace-loving country, we will spare no effort in resolutely thwarting any aggressive designs", added the FO spokesperson.
He also recalled Pakistan's swift response to India's Balakot misadventure in 2019 - including the downing of Indian MiG 29 combat aircraft and capture of Indian Air Force pilot, Abhinandan. The statement added that Pakistan fully demonstrated the will, capacity, and preparedness of its armed forces to deter Indian aggression.