World War 3: India blasted after claims it is ready to call ‘NUCLEAR BLUFF’ from Pakistan
INDIA has been blasted as “irresponsible” after a senior military figure claimed he was ready to call the “nuclear bluff” presented by Pakistan as tensions rise between the two nations, it has emerged.
Pakistan’s foreign minister, Khawaja Asif, launched a scathing attack on India’s General Bipin Rawat by declaring the comments were “not befitting his office”.
Mr Asif tweeted: “Very irresponsible statement by Indian Army Chief, not befitting his office.
“Amounts to invitation for a nuclear encounter.
“If that is what they desire, they are welcome to test our resolve.
“We will have to call their nuclear bluff.”
Tensions were upped another level when the spokesman for the Pakistan army, Asif Ghafoor, stated that the south-Asian nation has “credible nuclear capability”.
He declared: “Should they wish to test our resolve, they may try and see it for themselves.
“We have a credible nuclear capability, exclusively meant for threat from east.
“But we believe it’s a weapon of deterrence, not a choice.”
A segment of the border between India and Pakistan is known as the Line of Control (LoC) – the area is heavily militarised and has seen several clashes between the two countries.
Last year, the Indian Army killed 138 troops from Pakistan along the LoC – 28 Indian soldiers also disappeared during the same time-frame.
Last month, a battle between both sides left four Indian troops dead.
The area was named the LoC following the Simla Agreement that was signed between the two nations on July 3, 1972.