We will pay back India in own coin, says Pakistan Defence Minister

A day after India’s Defence Minister warned that Pakistan would have to “pay” for a militant strike on an army camp in Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan’s Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir said on Tuesday that Islamabad will pay New Delhi in *”its own coin in case of any Indian misadventure”.

He vowed to “defend robustly” every inch of Pakistan’s soil, and said: *”Any Indian aggression, strategic miscalculation, or misadventure regardless of its scale, mode, or location will not go unpunished and shall be met with an equal and proportionate response.”*

Dastgir said India has failed to deliver justice for the 42 Pakistanis who were murdered in the Samjhota Express 11 years ago.

He also said Pakistan’s armed forces are “*alive to all possibilities, and prepared fully to defend our country’s territorial integrity”.*

_”An aggressive Pakistan centric doctrine and arrayed forces under a belligerent regime leading to a possible strategic miscalculation by India will seriously impact the strategic stability in South Asia,” he warned._

His statement was in response to Indian Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday saying that militants who killed five soldiers and a civilian at an Army camp in Jammu were Pakistanis and had warned that Islamabad will pay a price for the attack.

*”Pakistan will have to pay for this misadventure,” Sitharaman told reporters in Jammu.

The deaths of ”
our soldiers won’t go in vain”.

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