New Delhi: Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif has said that Indian Army Chief Bipin Rawat's comments on Pakistan's 'bluff' amounts to 'invitation for nuclear encounter'.
“Very irresponsible statement by Indian Army Chief,not befitting his office. Amounts to invitation for nuclear encounter.If that is what they desire,they are welcome to test our resolve.The general's doubt would swiftly be removed, inshallah (sic),” tweeted Asif.
On Friday, Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said the force was ready to call Pakistan's "nuclear bluff" and cross the border to carry out any operation if asked by the government.
"We will call the (nuclear) bluff of Pakistan. If we will have to really confront the Pakistanis, and a task is given to us, we are not going to say we cannot cross the border because they have nuclear weapons. We will have to call their nuclear bluff," Gen. Rawat said.
He was responding to a question during a press conference on the possibility of Pakistan using its nuclear weapons in case the situation along the border deteriorates.
In reply to another question, he had said that India and the US were deliberating on a proposal to appoint military liaison officers at each other's combatant commands.
"We are examining various dimensions of the proposal," he claimed.