SIALKOT: Pakistan will respond “with full force” if India continues to target the civilian population, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said Saturday, after innocent people died as India wantonly shelled civilian population on the Pakistani side like it has been doing since 1947, Samaa reported.
Nine died near the city of Sialkot, and more than 40 were wounded on Friday, less than a week after high-level talks were aborted amid a row over Indian Held Kashmir.
India claimed that at least four villagers were killed in IHK by Pakistani fire.
“We will counter this situation on all levels. If war is forced on us we will take good care of them,” Khawaja Asif told AFP.
“Absolutely we have the right to retaliate, and retaliate in kind, retaliate in full force,” Asif said after he visited the wounded in hospital.
He added: “If India crosses the international border and aggression is committed again, we will defend our homeland and inflict much more damage than 1965,” Asif said.
The 1965 war between the two countries took place over two weeks in September, and each September 6 Pakistan as a nation salutes the army for thwarting Indian aggression.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would raise the issue of continued aggression at a UN General Assembly session next month, Asif said.
A meeting between the Indian and Pakistani national security advisors in New Delhi on Sunday was called off at the last minute following a dispute about whether the agenda should include Kashmir, the Himalayan territory both sides control in part but claim in full.
Pakistan and India have fought two of their three wars over the Himalayan region since both gained independence in 1947, and it remains a major source of tension.
Shelling across the de facto border — known as the Line of Control (LoC) in disputed Kashmir and the “working boundary” in Punjab — has been on the rise this month.