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Kashmir dispute main stumbling block in Indo-Pak ties: Pak Army

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Srinagar, Jan 03: Describing Kashmir issue as the “main stumbling block” in Indo-Pak ties, the Pakistan Army has said that it was India that always spoke of wars while Pakistan talked only about peace, said a media report.

“Three wars have been fought with India but the Indian government has always fled from the negotiating table set by Pakistan for peace in the region,” Maj Gen Ghafoor, the director-general (DG) of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of Pakistan Army, said during an interview with a Pakistani news channel.

He claimed that Indian prime minister has been using “provocative” language against Pakistan to win elections.

Ghafoor said Pakistan foreign office has expressed its reservations over the negative statement of the Indian premier Narendra Modi. “We have repeatedly asked the neighbouring country for peace talks,” he said.

He criticised New Delhi for boasting about conducting the “surgical strikes” inside Pakistan. “India has not yet given proofs of these ‘surgical strikes’ to its people,” he said. “We want to tell them that ‘surgical strikes’ are not conducted through mere brags,” he added.

Ghafoor, according to the report, said Pakistan was fully capable to defend its territorial integrity. “The Pakistan army holds an impregnable ability to defeat India. Any misadventure by India would be given a befitting response,” he said.

He hit out at New Delhi saying “how can the Indian army carry out surgical strikes in Pakistan when even their drones are not allowed to cross into the country’s territory.”

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