Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Pakistan warns India ceasefire violations may lead to strategic miscalculation

Pakistan warns India ceasefire violations may lead to strategic miscalculation

This comes in the wake of reports that the Indian Army killed at least 138 Pakistan Army personnel in 2017 in tactical operations and retaliatory cross-border firings along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir.

Bukhari was reacting to general Rawat's statement yesterday that schools in Jammu and Kashmir were teaching two maps - India's and Jammu and Kashmir's - to the students, which he said was radicalising youth. "The state government knows how to run schools".

Jammu and Kashmir Education Minister Syed Altaf Bukhari said on Saturday that the army should concentrate on its own job and not meddle with the state's education system. "I will be very happy if they do what they are supposed to do".

"Very irresponsible statement by Indian Army Chief, not befitting his office".

"The only thing stopping them is our credible nuclear deterrence as there is no space of war between the two nuclear states", he said. They have a responsibility. "(It) 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, In sha Allah", he said in a tweet.

Addressing the Indian Army's customary annual press conference on Friday, Bipin Rawat had questioned the education being provided in government schools in the Valley.

He said India will have to continue its policy of dealing sternly with cross-border terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir, notwithstanding the pressure on Pakistan by the US. "It is too premature to say that everything is going to be in our favour and the USA will do our job", the Army chief said. "What does it teach the children?"

The ISI and the Pakistani Army is also reportedly anxious about the scale and ferocity of the Indian response after every attack on its border outpost and troops by the Pakistan Rangers at Line of Control and the International Border.

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