Washington: Foreign Minister Khawaja Mohammad Asif on Thursday warned that if India launched a surgical strike on the country’s nuclear installations, nobody should expect restraint from Pakistan either.
Khawaja Asif stated this in response to Indian Air Force chief B.S. Dhanoa’s Wednesday statement , in which he said that if India needed to carry out a surgical strike, his aircraft could target Pakistan’s nuclear installations and destroy them.
The foreign minister responded to the Indian air chief’s remarks while addressing at the US Institute of Peace in Washington on Thursday, urging Indian leaders not to contemplate such actions as those could have dire consequences.
Pakistani Foreign minister said , “If it happens that India strikes inside Pakistan, then nobody should expect restraint from us. That’s the most diplomatic language I can use,”he added.
The foreign minister, who is in Washington on a three-day official visit held wide-ranging talks with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Both sides have described the Asif-Tillerson talks as “positive” and “useful. Khawaja Asif also met US National Security Adviser Gen H.R. McMaster on Thursday, and indicated the meeting was not friendly as the earlier on.
The two top diplomats met at the State Department in Washington on Wednesday for talks aimed at halting a rapid deterioration in bilateral ties.