Chandigarh, July 16 (ANI): Amid growing concerns over repeated ceasefire violations along the border, Lieutenant General (Retired) P.N. Hoon on Thursday warned Pakistan of dire consequences.
“Pakistan had also told us three to four days back that it was ready to even put the nuclear strikes against us. I would like to say that if you have 20 or 30 atom bombs and you throw it on all our citizens in India, we will still survive,” Lieutenant General (Retired) Hoon told ANI here.
“But if we put ten bombs on you which we will not be the first people to do in retaliation, Pakistan will go up in the air. There will be no Pakistan left,” he added.
Lieutenant General (Retired) Hoon also expressed dissatisfaction with the high-level meeting, which was chaired by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, in wake of the hostilities along the Line of Control.
“This high-level meeting should have taken place much earlier with professionals there who know the area and what is going to happen. But at least they have taken a step..,” he said.
Pakistan earlier today summoned India’s High Commissioner to Foreign Office in Islamabad and lodged a protest over air space violation by an alleged Indian “spy” drone near the Line of Control and “ceasefire violation”.
According to the statement issued by the Foreign Office, High Commissioner T C A Raghavan was called by the Foreign Secretary, Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry to lodge the protest over air space violation at Banchirian Sector near LoC yesterday.
The Indian Army as well as the Indian Air Force, however, denied that any of their drone has been shot down or crashed.
Briefing reporters on Pakistani shelling, Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar today said India will not let its guard down.
He, however, said India is committed to maintain peace and tranquility at the border.
Jaishankar said India had sought an end to cross border firing in the series of conversations with Pakistani authorities during the last two days, but there is no positive response.
The Pakistan Rangers violated the ceasefire twice on Wednesday, indulging in firing and mortar shelling in the Akhnoor sector. (ANI)