Indian aggression across LOC will meet befitting response: Maleeha Lodhi

United Nations: Pakistani Ambassador to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi Tuesday sternly warned India against it’s repeated threats to carry out “surgical strikes” across the Line of Control (LOC) in the disputed Kashmir region, saying Pakistan would effectively respond to any Indian aggression.

“All I can say to them is: do not underestimate Pakistan’s resolve and capacity to defend itself,” Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi told the UN General Assembly while participating in a debate on the annual report of UN Secretary-General on the work of the organization.

“Any Indian aggression or adventurism will meet a matching and effective response from our armed forces and the people of Pakistan,” she warned.

The Pakistani envoy urged the United Nations and the international community to take “urgent” action  over open threats of India to use force amid the prevailing tensions between the two countries.

Maleeha Lodhi said that India resorts to daily violations of the ceasefire along the LoC to cover up its crimes against the innocent Kashmiri people and to divert world attention from its occupation.

She rejected india’s false claims to have conducted a so-called ‘surgical strike’ across the Line of Control. “India’s repeated threats to conduct such ‘strikes’ across the LOC constitutes flagrant violations of the UN Charter’s injunction against use of force,” Ambassador Lodhi pointed out.

She said that India’s such false claims and blatant threats provide Pakistan sufficient reason to respond in exercise of its right to self-defence, adding that, “are India’s leaders attempting to provoke a conflict with Pakistan?,” Maleeha asked.

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