Tough Kayani warning to proponents of ‘adventurism’
By Iftikhar A. Khan
Courtesy: Dawn.com, Saturday, 02 Jan, 2010
Addressing senior officers at the General Headquarters here, Gen Kayani said that the army was alive to the full spectrum of threat that continued to exist both in conventional and unconventional domains.
He said that Pakistan Army stood committed and prepared to respond to any existing, potential or emerging threat. An army supported by 170 million people, with faith in Allah, is a formidable force to be reckoned with.
“Proponents of conventional application of military forces, in a nuclear overhang, are chartering an adventurous and dangerous path, the consequences of which could be both unintended and uncontrollable,” he said.
He said Pakistan was not oblivious to the unprecedented acquisition of sophisticated military hardware, synergised with an offensive military doctrine.
However, as a responsible nuclear state, Pakistan army would contribute to strategic stability and strategic restraint as per the stated policy of the government.
He said peace and stability in South Asia was the logical and fundamental principle underlining the security calculus of Pakistan.
The recent statement by Indian Army Chief Gen Kapoor about the two-front war strategy on which India was at present working, targeting China and Pakistan, had sent shockwaves among those aspiring for peace and stability in the region.
Commenting on Gen Kayani’s observation, a defence analyst observed that India had to be reminded from time to time that Pakistan was a nuclear power, fully capable of deterring any external aggression.
He pointed out that Pakistan could fire missiles at only 10 minutes’ notice on all Indian cities.
Pakistan is the fourth country in the world possessing cruise missiles which are considered to be capable of accurately hitting targets in India.
The maximum range of Indian missiles is 1500 kilometres while Pakistan’s Shaheen has a range of 3500 kilometres.